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Mirror Case: Hunting with a Falcon

ca. 1330-1350

Mirror cases decorated with scenes from courtly literature were often given as presents by lovers and enjoyed great popularity with ladies of the court in the 14th century. Here we see four figures riding in a wood: a gentleman with a falcon on his wrist, apparently embracing a lady who feeds another hawk, a servant blowing a horn and a young woman holding a lure slightly in front. The combination of the themes of the lovers’ ride and the hunting party with falcons was one of the commonest metaphors of amorous pursuit in medieval texts.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Artwork Details

Title: Mirror Case: Hunting with a Falcon
Geography: Paris, France
Date: ca. 1330-1350

Medium: ivory

Classification: personal accessory
Dimensions: 10 x 10 cm
Inventory number: LAD 2013.052
Contact for images: [email protected]


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