In addition to sabils
s, 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.