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  • Writer's pictureMarina Veronica

Which breed is in the middle of this 11th Dynasty funerary stele of Intef II (2112-2063 BCE)?

Here are some clues:

1. This breed is among the best attested to in ancient Egypt.

2. They no doubt came from Nubia where it seems to have been quite common.

3. They are clever and endearing.

3. Their name is usually translated as "dog of the villagers" because it was so commonly associated with communities of people.

4. They were used in hunting small game and as a companion, family pet, and guard dog.

5. This breed is amongst the dogs of the funerary stele of Intef II (2112-2063 BCE) of the 11th Dynasty and possibly his favorite dog, Beha, for whom he had an individual stele carved.

Answer: Basenji


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