Marble hunting dog at the Acropolis museum

Related to my last post about ancient paw imprints, I want to show the beautiful marble sculpture of a hunting dog, which is exhibited at the Acropolis museum in Athens, Greece.

This statue, along with a second that is not fully preserved, most likely framed the entrance to the sanctuary of Artemis Brauronia on the Acropolis. It was created around 520 BC with marble from the Island Paros.

marblehuntingdog(Acr. 143). 1st floor. Archaic Gallery / Photograph: Socratis Mavrommatis / Production: Costas Stetsas

In the classical period of Greek mythology, Artemis was often described as the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She was the Hellenic goddess of the hunt, wild animals, wilderness, childbirth, virginity and protector of young girls, bringing and relieving disease in women; she often was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrows. The deer and the cypress were sacred to her. In later Hellenistic times, she even assumed the ancient role of Eileithyia in aiding childbirth.

Gods honored animals. The discover of ancient paw imprints continues!