In Greek Mythology, Canis Major represented the dog Laelaps, a gift from Zeus to Europa. Aratus referred to Canis Major as the guard dog of Orion, following on the heels of its master and standing on its hind legs with Sirius carried in its jaws. Manilius called it “the dog with the blazing face”. Canis Major seems to cross the sky in pursuit of the hare, represented by the constellation Lepus under Orion’s feet. To the north of it scampers Canis Minor, the smaller dog, either having lost the scent or sniffing out different prey.
MEDIUM: 300-micron Grey Card, PVA, Polyurethane Resin Coat.
DIMENSIONS: H 92 / W 54 / D 99
ARTISTS: Paul & Mark Cummings
DATE: 01/11/2014

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