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The Dog Of Karakhamun

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The latest observation of the condition of the tomb of Karakhamun was made in the 1970s by Diethelm Eigner, who was able to photograph a few fragments of relief decoration in the Second Pillared Hall. Karakhamun is presented according to the iconography of the Old Kingdom, with a broad- shouldered torso, narrow waist, heavily muscled legs, closely cropped hair, and bare feet. He sits on a bovine-legged chair with a short back decorated with a papyrus umbel and the legs resting on a double pedestal. Dogs are often represented in Egyptian art, and many types and varieties are known. It is not always easy to determine a type of dog based on its representation. It seems that Karakhamun's dog belongs to the most ancient greyhound-like hunting dogs with erect pointed ears, curled tails, and narrow flanks that resemble Sudanese basenji.

Keywords: Dog; Karakhamun



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