The Falcon's Bath

Date: ca. 1400–1415

Culture: South Netherlandish

Medium: Tapestry with wool warp and wool wefts

Dimensions: Overall: 137 1/2 × 145 1/2 in. (349.3 × 369.6 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Tapestries

Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 2011

Accession Number: 2011.93


Against a background strewn with flowers, noblemen and ladies practice the art of falconing. Under a rose arbor, they prepare the falcon's bath as part of the process of taming the wild bird. By stirring the water with a stick, they encourage the bird to enter the water. After the bath, the falcon will receive the small bird in the man's left hand as a reward. A second falcon, covered by a hood, is held by the lady in blue.