Hound

Greek, Sicilian
Archaic Period
about 510 B.C.


Dimensions

27 cm (10 5/8 in.); Legacy dimension: L. (max.): approximately 0.27 m.

Accession Number

65.464

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Terracotta figure of a running hound (companion to the horse and rider, 65.463) extended in a gallop, ears back and nose in the air. Rests on hind feet, with support under stomach. The dog may have originally been attached to the same base as the horse and rider, though its precise location in relation to the horse is uncertain. The presence of the dog identifies the rider as a hunter.

Condition: Good condition. The figure is handmade and roughly the surface is roughly smoothed.

Unlike mainland Greece and the Aegean islands, the Greek colonies in Sicily did not have easy access to good sculpting marbles. Thus, they developed a tradition of large-scale terracotta sculpture instead.

Provenance

Said to come from Inessa (Aetna), Sicily [see note]. By 1963, Robert E. Hecht, Rome, and Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Basel; 1965, sold by Münzen und Medaillen to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 14, 1965)

NOTE: Along with MFA accession nos. 65.463, 65.470, and 65.2676-65.2678.

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund