A Cypriot Limestone Dog, ca. 1st millennium BCE
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Shown seated, with back legs folded and front legs extended, facing forward with indented eyes and depicted mouth. The large collar around the neck suggests this was a well-loved pet.
Dimensions: Height: 5 3/4 inches (14.6 cm), width: 5 1/2 inches (13.9 cm)
Condition: Losses to ears and minor surface loss, but otherwise in good condition.
Provenance: The William R. Crawford collection of Ancient Glass and Antiquities, acquired from the European trade in the 1950s and then by descent. Crawford, a retired American career diplomat and expert on the Middle East and Cyprus, was Director of Arab-Israeli Affairs at the State Department between 1959-1964, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Cyprus thereafter. In the 1970s, he was ambassador to Yemen, then Cyprus later becoming principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Near East and South Asian affairs. He donated part of his collection to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts prior to his death in 2002.