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Terracotta group of two small dogs playing.
A group of two spitz-type hounds, probably puppies, playing: one stands to right with its head to front and its tail hanging down, and the other raises itself to bite the ear of the first dog; its tail is lost. Neither wears the pendent bell usually found on the Sothic dog. They stand on the domed top of an oval plinth that has mouldings top and bottom. The back is well modelled.
Hollow; two-piece mould. Micaceous orange-brown Nile silt with grey core.
- Production date
- 2ndC BC
Height: 5.60 centimetres
Width: 6 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Terracotta IV
Comparanda. Close, perhaps same mouldseries: Breccia 1934: no. 416; Schürmann 1989: no. 1239, dated second to third century ad. Two dogs in a similar pose: Warmenbol 1998: 278, pl. 7:2, dated second century ad, Canis Major and Canis Minor are suggested. There are similar groups in Cairo Museum (pers. obs.). Also near, the base different: My´sliwiec 1999: 75, fig. 46 and My´sliwiec 2004b: black and white pl. , from Athribis: context second century bc.
Bibliog. Vassilika 1992: 271, no. 49; Cook 1995: 228.
- On display (G70/dc29)
- Slight damage to both dogs at the back.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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