16 September 2015 - 9 January 2016
Marvel at the lifestyle, power and bravery of royal hunters as this exhibition draws on highlights from the collections of Qatari and Turkish museums to explore and celebrate the sport of hunting, as well as the related activities of polo, feasting and fighting, all of which feature richly in Islamic art.
Hunting was traditionally a pastime of kings and princes. It required horsemanship, strength and courage, allowing rulers to demonstrate their skills and assert their authority. Images of mounted huntsmen became associated with brave and powerful rulers.
Through a wide selection of objects dating from the 11th to the 20th centuries, this exhibition looks at hunting as portrayed in Islamic art, while also exploring how the notion of kingship was expressed throughout the Islamic world.