Paolozzi was given a commission from Rosenthal, the porcelain firm, to make a creature that would be cast into white porcelain in an edition of 200. He made a large plaster dog for Rosenthal and this is a version of it. In 1985 Paolozzi received an invitation from the Director of the Museum of Mankind, London, to create an exhibition mixing his own works with selected items from the enormously diverse ethnographic collections of the museum. The exhibition was called 'Lost Magic Kingdoms' and it opened at the Museum of Mankind in 1986. This work was included in that exhibition and was given a brown varnish finish in an attempt to provide it with the semblance of an antique look.