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.
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Detail: head and front paws, mouth open.
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Reign:reign of Amenhotep III
Date:ca. 1390–1352 B.C.
Dimensions:L. 18.2 × H. 6.1 × W. 3.6 cm (7 3/16 × 2 3/8 × 1 7/16 in.)
Credit Line:Rogers Fund, 1940
Ex. collection Howard Carter. Purchased by the Museum from Carter's estate, London, 1940.
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