An ancient Egyptian carved ivory dog toy, circa 1400 b.c., housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City…

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The museum describes its features: “this leaping hunting dog can be made to snap it’s mouth using the lever beneath the chest.  Originally secured by means of a thong tied through the hole in the back of its neck and two in the throat, the lever was later attached with a metal dowel in the right shoulder.  When the mouth is opened, two teeth and a red tongue are visible…”

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