Category: dogs

Adele Astaire with husband Lord Cavendish, Ireland, 1932

Adele Astaire with husband Lord Cavendish, Ireland, 1932

Elizabeth Carnegie, Countess of Northesk, 1934

Elizabeth Carnegie, Countess of Northesk, 1934

DOGS & THEIR COLLARS IN ANCIENT MESOPOTAMI…

DOGS & THEIR COLLARS IN ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA:

AMONG the many contributions to world culture credited to Mesopotamia is an object so familiar to people in the modern world that few pause to consider its origin: the dog collar. Throughout the ancient world, from China to Rome, dogs are depicted in works of art on a leash attached to a collar. The dog collar was so integral an aspect of the people’s daily lives that even the dogs of the gods are seen in collar and leash; a relationship first evident in art from ancient Mesopotamia.

In the same way that scholars debate the origin of the dog and its first domestication, it is difficult to say with certainty that the people of Mesopotamia were the first to invent the collar. It is probable, even quite likely, that the collar – like people’s relationship with dogs themselves – developed independently in many different regions at different times. Even so, as far as the collar’s depiction in ancient art is concerned, the earliest come from Mesopotamia.

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Julia James, England, 1909

Julia James, England, 1909

The Lexington Intelligencer, Missouri, May 3, 1879

The Lexington Intelligencer, Missouri, May 3, 1879

Lady Lettice Lygon, England, 1932

Lady Lettice Lygon, England, 1932

The Bystander, England, February 22, 1933

The Bystander, England, February 22, 1933

Actress Edna Best with Scottish Terrier Duncan, 1931 

Actress Edna Best with

Scottish Terrier Duncan, 1931 

Deborah Mitford, England, 1941

Deborah Mitford, England, 1941

Elsa MacFarlane, 1927

Elsa MacFarlane, 1927