Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
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 dogs were sometimes given names reflecting special skills (“Good Watcher”), appearance (“Ebony”), or personality traits (“Trusty,” “Useless”).
ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E.
Dynasty 12 to early 13 Dynasty
13/16 x 1 15/16 x 1 1/2 in. (2 x 4.9 x 3.8 cm)
Museum Collection Fund
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.
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