Bowl with Bird of Prey


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300

The bird’s hooked beak signals that it is a bird of prey. It may be a falcon trained for the hunt. Falconry or hawking was enjoyed by the aristocracy, who generally hunted with trained predators. Practical manuals describing the breeding, training, and treatment of these highly prized birds are evidence of the sport’s popularity.

Bowl with Bird of Prey, Engraved slipware, Byzantine

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