Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
Image: 18.3 x 12.1 cm (7 3/16 x 4 3/4 in.); Overall: 37.3 x 25.4 cm (14 11/16 x 10 in.)
Gift of Herbert F. Leisy 1944.501
This page belonged to the owner of Cleveland’s Leisy Brewing Company, est. 1873.
This bird, with its fierce expression, sharp beak, and spurred feet, may have been a champion in the cockfighting ring. The Mughal emperor Jahangir requested that his royal court artists paint portraits of remarkable birds and animals with as much realism as possible. He felt that such paintings enhanced feelings of amazement beyond hearing or reading an account.
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