Whip Handle in the Shape of a Horse (painted ivory, 14.5 cm long)
Egypt, ca. 1390–1353 B.C.
(New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III)
The horse was a relative latecomer to Egypt. It was introduced in the
Second Intermediate period during the Hyksos domination of northern
Egypt (ca. 1667–1570 B.C.E.), when new elements of warfare, notably the
horse and chariot, were brought from the Near East. During the New
Kingdom, this animal became a familiar sight, and there were many
depictions of horses in art, particularly during the Amarna period.