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An Exhibition of Ancient Mesopotamian Art

A Gathering of the Gods - the Power of Mesopotamian Religion

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Old Babylonian Mastiff walking right
Mesopotamia; Old Babylonian Period, 1800-1600 BC; Length 3.25 inches

A tan terracotta relief plaque shows a dog with open mouth, large jowls and a raised tail. Related to the modern breed of mastiffs, the dog wears a collar and walks to the right. This is the sacred animal of Gula, goddess of healing. The small votive plaque could have been presented to the goddess at one of her temples, or, perhaps, used in a house shrine. A larger, three-dimensional sculpture of the same breed of dog can be seen in this exhibit.