Water bears a boat on her shoulders. She is seated in an aquatic setting, amid reeds and fishes. On her left is a pike (a freshwater fish); below her feet are a saltwater fish and various crustaceans. Next to her lie an oar and a rudder.

Additional information:
Water is the second heaviest element, after earth. The boat, oar and rudder may allude to the profitable maritime and river trade, but are also symbols of good governance or oeconomia.


  • Title: Element Water Eastside
  • Date Created: 1655-01-01/1655-01-02
  • Sculptor: Artus Quellinus
  • Place Part Of: Netherlands
  • Display: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Description: Marble
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: © Stichting Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam. Photo: Wim Ruigrok., ©Stichting Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam

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