Date Created: 04 April 2016
Emperor Huizong (Zhao, Ji) of North Song Dynasty China (AD 960-1126) was recognized as the greatest birds of prey painter in traditional Chinese painting and one of the greatest calligraphers in Chinese history (but one of the worst politicians). I guess Siberian white goshawk must be as expensive as it is now a days that Zhao, Ji painted at least two white goshawks . This one was painted in Xuan-he 2nd year (AD 1120) and showed the uniqueness of falconry gears attachment on this particular hawk; the leash was double swiveled and the hind toe jesses was used to protract the tarsus feather.
The interesting thing about the painting is; the bird has an adult white albidus goshawk head, but with a white gyrfalcon body......
Author: Emperor Huizong (Zhao, Ji)
Source: Huisheng Chen
Owner: National Palace Museum
Location: Taipei City, Taiwan
Link to Website: http://painting.npm.gov.tw/getCollectionImage.aspx?ImageId=871141&r=835578965