Water and Everyday Life
‘Wells and domestic or palatial fountains also became the focus of decorative embellishment.’
In addition to sabils and sikayas, wells and fountains became the focus of decorative embellishment. Early medieval examples of well-coping survive from Morocco and Algeria, made from ceramic with a stamped decoration of stylised vegetation. While large stone basins are often associated with the provision of water for humans, waqf documents show that some were intended for use by animals. Palatial fountains set in public and private gardens, as found in the Western Islamic world and elsewhere, exhibit decorative fountainheads of lions, deer and dragons. Often, water is designed to pour from the mouths of these creatures into basins and pools which is then channelled through the gardens.
Coping of a well

Hegira 586 / AD 1190
Ethnographic Museum
Tetouan, Morocco
Glazed ceramic well-curbs that are stamped with geometric, floral and architectural motifs. They are octagonal on the exterior and cylindrical on the interior and would have marked the location of a well in a house or courtyard.