• The Hunt

    The Hunt

    THE HUNT

Folio

Star Tile

On this tile, we see a spotted hound standing with his back legs in mid-stride, and his head thrown back in a silent howl. He seems to be a type of saluki, with his distinctive narrow waist and long, shaggy ears.
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Folio

Folio from the Shahnameh of Firdawsi Safavid, Iran (Qazvin)

The game of polo was, along with hunting, archery, wrestling, sword practice, horse riding and races, part of the activities that were practiced by princes to train their bodies in preparation for war.
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Hunting Horn

Oliphant (Hunting Horn)

The name ‘oliphant’ refers to an entire elephant tusk, hollowed out and decorated by carving.
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Falcon Hood

Falcon Hoods

These elaborately decorated hoods detail the importance and stature of the falcons who wore them, as well as the royal sport of falconry.
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Figurine

Figurine

Two things make this piece particularly special.
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Powder Flask

Powder Flask

Powder flasks were an essential accessory to firearms until the 19th century, when pre-packed bullets became common.
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Bowl

Bowl

Mina'i (enamelled) or haft-rang (seven colour) ceramics are a special group of pottery produced in mediaeval Iran.
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Folio from Shahnameh

Folio from the 'Shah Tahmasp' Shahnameh

This folio is taken from the famous 'Shah Tahmasp' Shahnameh, an epic poem describing the deeds of Persian rulers from the mythical past until the arrival of Islam.
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Archer's Ring

Archer's Ring

This ring is from 19th century Mughal India, and features a ruby set in enamelled gold.
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Pen Box

Pen Box

On this pen box an enthroned ruler is depicted in the central roundel, on a seat supported by birds.
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