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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
male and female sporting hounds
The date 1769 displayed on their collars, with initials ‘JS’
Size: 10.5cm long – 4 ins long (approx: 18cm long – 7ins long – open)
Hunting dogs of this sort are an enduring image throughout 5000 years of history. A natural stone mosaic from Pella in Greece shows a fallow deer hunt circa 325 BC with very similar dogs pursuing their quarry. A Roman mosaic of 150 AD depicts these dogs hunting a fox.
The oldest surviving hunting treatise is Xenophon’s ‘Kynegetikos’ of 430-354 BC which contains interesting facts concerning hunting hares, deer and wild boar as well as details of breeding and training long sighted sleek running hounds.