Belt slide with a falcon attacking a swan


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This carved jade belt slide shows a small falcon hunting a wild goose amid lotus flowers. The motif symbolizes the spring hunt of the Jurchens, a seminomadic people who lived beyond China’s Great Wall in the northeast. Known as chunshui (spring water) in historical texts, the hunt was an important annual Jurchen ritual that Mongol and Manchu royalty continued during the later dynasties. The motif appears widely on ceramics, textiles, and other media.

#7329. Belt Slide with a Falcon Attacking a Goose

Belt slide with a falcon attacking a swan, Jade (nephrite), China

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