Although when most people hear the word “gargoyle”, they probably envision small, winged creatures with grotesque visages. However, the phrase has a deeper meaning, encompassing any carved head (animal or human) that function as waterspouts.
From the Early Renaissance (late 1400’s/early 1500’s), our gargoyle fountain spout features a human-like face with pointed ears, possibly representing a centaur or a satyr. The roughly rectangular block of marble was hand-carved in Arezzo, in the Tuscany region of Italy. All sides except the front of the cream-colored stone have a sawed finish, resulting in a rough texture. The back has been excavated, adding to the character of the gargoyle. A 1 ½” diameter hole has been cut all the way through, forming an open mouth of the gargoyle. The gaping mouth was often a symbol used to conjure images of devouring giants and used to remind people that they are susceptible to certain forces.
Our 15th/16th century marble gargoyle would make a great fountain spout for a pre-existing basin. It can be affixed to the side of a building or placed on top of a support, such as a column or pedestal, allowing the water to cascade from the mouth. It can also be displayed inside and appreciated as a rare and extremely old piece of sculptural art.
CONDITION: Good antique condition, with wear commensurate to age and use with acceptable losses. Marble is a natural material that can change color with exposure to the elements. Our cream-colored marble has developed a gold/brown patina in some areas.
H - 13, W - 11 1/4, D - 16 1/4
15th or 16th Century Marble Gargoyle Fountain Spout from Arezzo, Italy
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