White Goshawk 1 by Emperor Huizong (Zhao, Ji)

Date Created: 04 April 2016

Author: Emperor Huizong (Zhao, Ji)

Source: Huisheng Chen

Owner: National Palace Museum

Location: Taipei City, Taiwan

Link to: Website

  • China
  • Hawk
  • Painting
  • 12th Century
  • Hunting
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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......

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