Pillow with a falcon attacking a swan

Zhang family workshop

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 210

The spring hunt and a related autumnal event were integral to the yearly cycle of the Jurchen, a nomadic people from the northeast who controlled much of northern China as the Jin dynasty. The motif of a tiny hawk capturing a much larger swan (or goose) was found in jade, textiles, and ceramics produced during their rule.

Pillow with a falcon attacking a swan, Zhang family workshop, Stoneware painted with brown and black pigment on white slip under transparent glaze (Cizhou ware), China

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