A Pair of 17th Century Northern European Fountain Heads


Circa 1680

This pair of fountain masks are carved in oak in deep relief and show a bearded man with open mouth, wide eyes and flowing locks of hair.

Old repairs to the faces and traces of polychrome in the hair and corners of the eyes.

The tradition of human fountain masks dates back many hundreds of years; for a pair in bronze from the end of the 15th century and a pair in stone from N├╝rnberg, Germany, see biblio.

Height 80 cm Width 57 cm (31.5 x 22.5 in)

Die Mittelalterlichen Bronzen im Germanischen Nationalmuseum by Ursula Mende pub.2013 see p.49 Abb.14 Kat.Nr.2, Brunnenmaske, P1.0.225 and p.51 Abb.17 Ehemals Nurnberg. Ludwigstrasse 18. Brunnenmasken.

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