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Mechanical Dog

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Amenhotep III
Date:
ca. 1390–1353 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Elephant ivory
Dimensions:
H. 6 cm (2 3/8 in); W. 3.3 cm (1 5/16 in); L. 18 cm (7 1/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
40.2.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 119
This leaping hunting dog can be made to open and close its mouth using the lever beneath the chest. Originally secured by means of a thong tied through the hole in the back of its neck and two in the throat, the lever was later attached with a metal dowel in the right shoulder. When the mouth is opened, two teeth and a red tongue are visible.
Ex. collection Howard Carter. Purchased by the Museum from Carter's estate, London, 1940.

Phillips, Dorothy W. 1942. Ancient Egyptian Animals, Picture Books (Metropolitan Museum of Art), New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pl. 18.

Glubok, Shirley 1962. The Art of Ancient Egypt. New York: Atheneum, p. 44.

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