Figurine of a Dog

Middle Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 109

Already in the Early Dynastic Period, Egyptians deposited faience figurines of wild animals in temple precincts. These figurines were reintroduced in the 12th Dynasty, but as a component of burial equipment and with new species added to the repertoire. The controlled representation of desert animals may have assured the Egyptians of eternal safety, though they also likely had symbolic meanings. The dog may represent a personal wish for companionship.

Figurine of a Dog, Faience

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Small figures of a dog (24.1.51) and cat (26.7.902)