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Relief fragment with two young dogs

Old Kingdom
Dynasty 5
reign of Niuserre–Unis
ca. 2400–2323 B.C.
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht North, Pyramid Complex of Amenemhat I, Pyramid core, MMA excavations, 1908–09
Limestone, paint
H. 20 cm (7 7/8 in); w. 18 cm (7 1/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1909
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
Two puppies stand side by side with slightly lowered heads, as if hesitating to approach some problem or adversary they cannot yet handle. They must have belonged to a subregister of a larger composition-perhaps a hunt in the desert. The impression of overlap is achieved by the use of incised lines that slope up into the surface of the relief rather than by actual variations in height. This technique, used from the time of Niuserre onwards, allowed much easier execution of intricate groupings.
Museum excavations, 1908-1909. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1909.

Phillips, Dorothy W. 1942. Ancient Egyptian Animals, Picture Books (Metropolitan Museum of Art), New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pl. 20.

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