• The Hunt Polo

    The Hunt Polo

    FOLIO FROM THE SHAHNAMEH

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. This is also part of the Furusiyya which, in the manner of Western chivalry, combines physical dexterity (in dressage and riding techniques) and moral values. Polo is a royal sport that probably originated in Central Asia and was a very popular game in Persia.

c1570
Opaque watercolour, ink and gilt paint on paper
MIA.2014.359