Falconer on Horseback

Falconer on Horseback

Late 600s - early 700s
Country
China
figure
earthenware with polychrome lead glaze
Charles Bayly Jr. Collection by exchange
1954.38
. Falconer on Horseback. Late 600s - early 700s. earthenware with polychrome lead glaze. Charles Bayly Jr. Collection by exchange. 1954.38.
This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 17 in, 43.18 cm; width: 4 5/8 in, 11.7475 cm; length: 15 1/8 in, 38.4175 cm
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian

Falconer on Horseback
Late 600s–early 700s, Tang dynasty (618–907)
China
Earthenware
Charles Bayly Jr. Collection by exchange
1954.38

This unusual ceramic falconer in Central Asian attire indicates Chinese interest in exotic sports during the Tang dynasty. Falconry was practiced by both men and women. Historic texts recorded that the Tang court had many falcons, some of which were given as tribute by foreign nations. Based on their features and dress, the mounted falconers excavated so far mostly depict foreigners, who used the raptor to catch small animals and birds.