ancientanimalart: Pyxis with dog-shaped handleEarly Bronze Age,…

ancientanimalart:

Pyxis with dog-shaped handle

Early Bronze Age, about 2400 BCE

Zakros (Crete)

“The handle of the lid is shaped like a dog, idly lying with outstretched front paws. The dog’s body is rendered in low relief, but the head is sculpted in the round, which gives the figure a certain liveliness. This vase is characteristic of the gradual change in Prepalatial Minoan art and the prevalence of naturalism over schematic motifs.”

Heraklion Archaeological Museum