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Fountain Basin

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Location:  Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

Found:  August 24, 2013

AKA A Soothed Mind, AKA Roselle Court Fountain

Located in the middle of Roselle Court in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  This is the “restaurant” area of the museum, although they do display art on the balcony area on the second floor, which is where I took the above picture from.  On my first visit to the museum, I just thought it was just a food court and did not realize there was anything of significance, art or fountain, in there and barely poked my head through the doorway.  After getting involved with the fountains, I discovered that there was indeed a fountain in here and made my first foray into this area of the museum on a return trip.

 The large bowl was carved from a single piece of marble and weighs about 4 tons.  It also dates back to around 200 AD.  The lion paws base was designed by the designers of the museum.  The 12 signs of the zodiac are arranged on the floor around the fountain.

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