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Waterspout in the Shape of a Lion

The lion was a symbol of power in Egypt, and inscriptions on some monuments suggest that Egyptians viewed leonine gargoyles not only as practical means for eliminating water from roofs, but also as magical protectors of the the structures they adorned. In medieval Europe gargoyles also served such purposes and reminded the faithful of the torments of Hell: gargoyles have been called horrors that defend from horrors and monsters that protect from monsters. The gargoyle tradition has continued in more modern times when the architectural elements have been appreciated for their decorative and practical qualities.


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