Model Clay Dogs from Nineveh

Model Clay Dogs from Nineveh

These counterparts of real mastiffs were buried to guard a property from devils and demons. Ritual instructions for making and inscribing them survive on clay tablets. This pack was found beneath a palace doorway at Nineveh. Each is named after a quality required in guard dogs:
Loud is his bark! (black dog).
Bitter of his foe! (blue dog).
Don’t think, bite! (white dog).

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Catcher of the enemy! (red dog).
Expeller of evil! (white dog with red spots).
From the North Palace (Room S, door D) at Nineveh, Northern Mesopotamia, Iraq. Neo-Assyrian Peridod, circa 645 BCE. (The British Museum, London)

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