Naiad With Fishes

Carl Milles
1918, Bronze

Naiads are nymphs that preside over fresh water - fountains, wells, springs, streams, and brooks. This Naiad would be classified as a Krenaiai, a Naiad of a fountain. In Greek mythology, Naiads were immortal deities; however, a Naiad’s vitality was bound to her spring, so if a Naiad’s body of water dried up, she would die.