Figure of a Reclining Dog
Buried in a tomb, this charming figure of a dog served as the deceased's beloved companion and guardian in the afterlife. Relief inscriptions relate that the Egyptians sometimes gave dogs names reflecting special skills ("Good Watcher"), appearance ("Ebony"), or personality traits ("Trusty," "Useless").
- Medium: Faience, glazed
- Place Excavated: Hagara, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XII Dynasty-early XIII Dynasty
- Period: Middle Kingdom
- Dimensions: 13/16 x 1 15/16 x 1 1/2 in. (2 x 4.9 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 14.659
- Credit Line: Museum Collection Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Figure of a Reclining Dog, ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E. Faience, glazed, 13/16 x 1 15/16 x 1 1/2 in. (2 x 4.9 x 3.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 14.659. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Small blue-green glazed faience figure of a dog reclining on a small base. Condition: Bad, object assembled from at least two pieces. Glaze almost entirely gone with miniature portions of original brilliant blue remaining on head of dog and under side of base. Base extensively chipped.
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)