An Ancient Egyptian Dog

Image credit: Griffith Institute, University of Oxford

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Howard Carter, famous for his discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922, first travelled to Egypt as a junior draughtsman engaged by the Archaeological Survey of the London-based Egypt Exploration Fund (now Society). Throughout his long career in Egypt, Carter extensively used his natural artistic skill to create drawings and watercolours of wall scenes in ancient temples, tombs, and excavated objects. He also took commissions from wealthy tourists, while some paintings were solely for pleasure, including this one. Carter's watercolour is a copy of a coloured sketch made by an ancient Egyptian artist on a piece of limestone. It portrays a dog, which would appear, from its size, colour markings, head shape, floppy ears and black nose and eyes, to be a Pointer (Canis familiaris).

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An Ancient Egyptian Dog




watercolour on paper


H 12.7 x W 17 cm

Accession number

Carter MSS vii.1.1a.2

Acquisition method

gift, 1946

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