This nearly 17 foot tall antique white marble fountain is spectacular and has a great story behind it. Keep reading to find out more about the inspiration behind each feature on this fountain.
The Three Graces
At the very top of the fountain sit The Three Graces, the feature of this fountain. The Three Graces are believed to be the daughters of Zeus: Euphrsyne, Aglaea, and Thalia. They are thought to represent beauty, charm, and joy. In the mythological story, it is thought that The Three Graces presided over the banquets and other gatherings to amuse the guests of the gods. Clearly, they make a statement atop the fountain and are sure to catch the attention of any passerby.
Around the base of the fountain there are four hippocamps (pictured below) or seahorse looking creatures. They are portrayed as a horse with a fish like hindquarter as you can see on the fountain. In Greek Mythology the hippocamp is often described as what pulled the sea-chariot that Poseidon drove. You may have heard of Poseidon before, he is another famous mythological character who was god of horses.
Riding the hippocamps are four Tridents (one pictured above). Triton is a mythological Greek god who is known as the messenger of the sea. Triton is the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, god and goddess of the sea. Triton is shown here as a merman, how he is typically portrayed. Triton’s special characteristic is his conch shell, which you will notice he is blowing water from in this fountain.
On each side of the center pedestal there are lion heads spraying water (shown in the photo below). The origin of the lion’s head being used for decorations on fountains dates back to ancient times. There are several different interpretations of the meaning of the lion’s head in a fountain, but many of them relate back to Leo, an astrological sign. It is said that sun enters the sign of Leo at the summer solstice, which is when the highest temperature of the year is experienced. In the later part of July, while the sun is in the astrological sign of Leo, the Nile River is also at its highest level; therefore, fountains and lions are associated together.
The four sides of the upper pedestal on this fountain, right above the lion heads, are four laurel wreaths (seen in the photo above). A laurel wreath is made up of branches and leaves of the bay laurel plant. In ancient Greek mythology, Apollo wore a laurel wreath on his head. Many times in ancient Greece the wreaths were given to victors; for example, winners of the ancient Olympic Games. The laurel wreath is a common decoration in many stone carvings.
As you can see, there are several intricate details on this fountain and there is a unique story behind each element. To find out more about this fountain take a look here!
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