Cynegetica ("On Hunting") recommends the Laconian "for the swift chase of gazelle and deer and swift-footed hare".  See also J.M.C. Toynbee, Animals in Roman Life and Art, Baltimore and London, 1973, pp. 103-104.  Laconian hounds often appear on sarcophagi depicting lion hunts or mythological episodes involving hunting, such as the legends of Hippolytus and Meleager.  For examples of dogs sitting by a human figure and/or a column on sarcophagi see Koch-Sichtermann, Romische Sarkophage, nos. 88 and 426.
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Roman Marble Relief Fragment - Laconian Hound

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Roman Marble Relief Fragment - Laconian Hound

Artist/Maker: Roman Marble Relief Fragment - Laconian Hound
Description: Roman-Severan Period, 193-235 A D
Marble
from the front panel on a sarcophagus and carved in high relief,
the hound turning his head up and sharply to the left, the fragmentary leg of his master to the right, a spiral-fluted column on a square base and a drapery fragment to the left, small frontal mask below.

Oppian's early 3rd century A D Greek poem the Cynegetica ("On Hunting") recommends the Laconian "for the swift chase of gazelle and deer and swift-footed hare".  See also J.M.C. Toynbee, Animals in Roman Life and Art, Baltimore and London, 1973, pp. 103-104.  Laconian hounds often appear on sarcophagi depicting lion hunts or mythological episodes involving hunting, such as the legends of Hippolytus and Meleager.  For examples of dogs sitting by a human figure and/or a column on sarcophagi see Koch-Sichtermann, Romische Sarkophage, nos. 88 and 426.
Provenance: Private California Collection
Sotheby's, New York, Antiquities Sale, #N07742, Dec. 7, 2001
 
Materials: Marble
Circa: 2nd - 3rd century AD
Height: 23 inches
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