English, unlike Romance languages, fails to distinguish between–say– siren & sirena. So in the interest of equal opportunity, here goes. I’d say this siren–a peer of Neptune–does not flatter males.



Here’s side view, and



a close up of one of his peers, leaning against a row of frogs and drinking spirits from a conch?



Yet, here’s half the centerpiece of the same fountain, called the Bailey Fountain in Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. I’m not sure how to interpret the assemblage.



So, any ideas on how to “read” the entirety of these figures? Eugene Francis Savage, did you intend this female figure–about to go skinny dipping– as a siren, using her song or silence to drive the water guys, the tritons, crazy?Anyone help me out here with interpretation?

Photos, WVD.