Falcon on a Perch

Falcon on a Perch

c. 1610

Gum tempera on paper

Miniature: 12.8 x 8.9 cm (5 1/16 x 3 1/2 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.165

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A thin coat of malachite was applied for the background.

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Falcons were prized participants in royal hunting expeditions, and this painting may be a portrait of a favorite bird or a gift from an ally. The bird faces left, and the talons are tied to the perch with a black string. The light green background, flowering trees, and plants provide dynamism to the composition and reveal the artist’s awareness of Persian, Mughal, or Deccani styles of painting.

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