Limestone fountain spout, Spain, 100 BCE-400 CE

Made:
100 BCE - 400 CE in Spain
maker:
Unknown

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Limestone fountain spout in the form of grotesque head, Roman from Spain, 100 BC to 400 AD

Roman baths were public places open to much of the population for washing and socialising. This decorative and functional fountain spout in the shape of a grotesque face was found at Roman baths near Seville, Spain.

Such hygienic practices were in keeping with broader approaches to public health under Roman rule. These included the establishment of street cleaning, waste disposal and fresh water supplies in a large number of Roman towns and cities. However, only wealthy people could afford to have water piped into their own homes.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A61572
type:
fountain spout
taxonomy:
  • built environment - hierarchy name
  • single built work- hierarchy name
  • hydraulic structure
  • water distribution structure
  • fountain
credit:
Andrude, R.
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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