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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.
#3420. Dog and Gazelle
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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: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pl. 18.

Scott, Nora E. 1944. Home Life of the Ancient Egyptians: A Picture Book. New York: Plantin Press, fig. 30.

Posener, Georges 1959. Dictionnaire de la civilisation égyptienne. Paris: F. Hazan, p. 54.

Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 314.

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

Arnold, Dorothea 1995. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, new ser., vol. 52, no. 4 (Spring), New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 57, no. 75.

Roehrig, Catharine H. 2008. "Mechanical Dog." In Beyond Babylon: art, trade, and diplomacy in the second millennium B.C., edited by Joan Aruz, Kim Benzel, and Jean M. Evans. New York; New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 417–18, no. 271.

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