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Neptune Fountain, Messina: Detail of midsection
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Montorsoli's second outstanding work in Messina is the marble Fountain of Neptune at the harbour. This consists of a colossal statue of Neptune on a high socle above a basin from which rise the fettered Scylla and Charybdis, the sea monsters of the Straits of Messina. Once again his work introduced a new fountain type, that with a single central figure.