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Men Hunting Bulls with Eagles

In a landscape of rolling terrain, men use birds to hunt wild bulls. Trees frame the composition at left and right, and the hunters appear on horseback in the background at right. Two bulls have fallen in the foreground, while others gallop through the center of the image. The birds-traditionally identified as falcons, although possibly eagles-alight on the heads of their prey, likely blinding them. This hunting method is probably described in an as yet unidentified ancient text.

Credit: Museum purchase from the Members' Acquisitions Fund of Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum...

c. 1600
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, white heightening on buff laid paper
Image and text © Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2020

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