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Limestone dog

Period:
Late Classical or Early Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 4th–3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 17 3/4 x 6 3/8 x 11 in. (45.1 x 16.2 x 27.9 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2623
Not on view
Dogs were a popular subject on Cypriot terracottas of the sixth century B.C., but in later periods they are usually shown in association with deities such as Artemis, goddess of the hunt. This large dog, seated at attention and with a collar around his neck, may have represented a faithful guardian in a tomb.
The hound was found, according to Cesnola, in the same tomb at Golgoi as the decorated sarcophagus (Cat. 491)

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1223, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 356, p. 224, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 375, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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