Leashed hunting dogs (Canis lupus familiaris)

Egypt, Beni Hassan, Khnumhotep II (Tomb 3), Upper Cemetery, North wall.

Images of dogs (Egyptian name: tchesm) appear very early in Egypt's history and then consistently thereafter. Like the dogs depicted here, they were often hunting dogs used by their masters to pull down prey in the deserts. Early images show all dogs with a greyhound-like physique, pricked ears, and a tightly coiled tail, but in the Middle Kingdom period a wider variety of shapes are represented, to include dogs with whip tails, floppy ears, or short-legs -- the latter closely resembling corgis!

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, Reign of Amenemhat II (c. 1918-1884 BCE).
Egypt, Beni Hassan, Upper Cemetery, Khnumhotep II (Tomb 3), North wall, register 3.
Polychrome paint on limestone (photograph).
Relief (photograph).
Parent Context
Data Credits
Compiled by Linda Evans and the Beni Hassan Research Group with resources from the Macquarie University Ancient Cultures Research Centre, and the Australian Centre for Egyptology.
Project Funding
Supported by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project scheme: DP160102223 "Measuring meaning in Egyptian art: A new approach to an intractable problem" held by N. Kanawati (MQ), L. Evans (MQ), A. Woods (MQ) and J. Kamrin (Met), the Macquarie University Department of Ancient History, and the Macquarie University Faculty of Arts.
Original Citation
N. Kanawati & L. Evans, Beni Hassan: Volume I: The Tomb of Khnumhotep II (Australian Centre for Egyptology: Reports 36, Aris and Phillips, Oxford, 2014, ISBN: 978-0-85668-846-1), pls. 41a (photograph),
Recorded and published with permission from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. Photographs by Effy Alexakis as part of research on site. Copyright Macquarie University 2018. All rights reserved.
Cite this
Linda Evans "Leashed hunting dogs (Canis lupus familiaris)." In The Beni Hassan Visual Dictionary: Khnumhotep II, edited by Alexandra Woods, Brian Ballsun-Stanton, and Nicolle Leary. Sydney: Macquarie University, 2018. https://benihassan.com/exhibition/Kanawati-Evans-BH1-Pl-41a-Beni-Hassan-3-Khnumhotep-II-Chapel-Scene-North-wall-Left-Upper-section-Wall/