Does and Peacocks Approaching a Kantharos-Fountain
Photo: © by Jan Piebe Tjepkema.
Detail from a baptistery floor mosaic in Stobi, North Macedonia
The shape of the fountain is derived from that of the Greek kantharos, lacking the handles that define that genre but retaining on the body the traditional elongated palm-leaf design (see below). Usually in images of this type the deer that approach are males; here, the artist has even emphasized the sex of the does by adding an udder to the one on the left.
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Read more about the fountain, peacock, and kantharos symbols.