Box with Equestrian Falconers


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 457

Hunting scenes decorate a number of surviving cylindrical boxes made in Sicily. This box, depicting a falcon hunt, shows richly attired men on horseback. The sport was favored by Holy Roman emperor Frederick II Hohenstaufen (r. 1215–50), who wrote a definitive guide on the care and use of falcons in the hunt.

Box with Equestrian Falconers, Ivory with copper alloy mounts, polychromy, Italian

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