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Hunting on Horses

騎馬狩獵

c. 1600s–1700s
Painting: 276 x 147.5 cm (108 11/16 x 58 1/16 in.); Overall with knobs: 380 x 184 cm (149 5/8 x 72 7/16 in.)
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This falconry scene includes one white hunting dog and four trained hunting birds.

Description

Equestrian pursuits and hunting were particularly popular among the Khitan (also spelled “Qidan”) and Jurchen, ethnic groups who lived along China’s northeastern border. Their nomadic lifestyle intrigued the Chinese court and inspired Chinese artists to develop a painting genre of foreign people hunting.

This large-scale hanging scroll depicts a party hunting for waterfowl along a riverbank in the springtime. The leader is distinguished from the other 5 mounted hunters by his purple robe with golden dragon patterns and his white horse with a red tassel. He and his horse maintain still, dignified postures as a small white falcon captures one of the wild geese.
Hunting on Horses

Hunting on Horses

c. 1600s–1700s

China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644) - Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

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