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Birds and beasts in Ancient Greece

A running hound

Height: 18.200 cm

GR 1860.4-4.18

A running hound

Made in: Corinth, Greeece
Date: about 670-650 BC

The dog bounding across this vase looks as though it is in the middle of a jump, with its hind legs in the air. He has been painted to look strong and fast, with a long curved back and powerful legs.

The ancient Greeks used dogs for hunting, as watchdogs and to guard livestock such as sheep and cattle. Some people kept dogs as pets.