Tuesday, 16 June 2015

An antique dog print

Odin (Retriever), 1879
30 Mar 2015 | From Gennadiy of Russia

"Odin", engraved by C.G.Lewis after a picture by E.Landseer, is a steel engraved antique print and published in The Art Journal, 1879.

Odin, in Germanic mythology, is one of the most complex and enigmatic characters in Norse mythology, and perhaps in all of world literature. He is associated with healing, death, royalty, the gallows, knowledge, battle, sorcery, poetry, frenzy, and the runic alphabet, and is the husband of the goddess Frigg. It may not be a fitting name for a retriever, but it does sounds cool.

A retriever is a type of gun dog that retrieves game for a hunter. Retrievers were bred primarily to retrieve birds or other prey and return them to the hunter without damage. They are bred for soft mouths and a great willingness to please, learn, and obey. The retriever's willingness to please and trainability have made retrievers such as the Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever popular as assistance dogs.

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