Source: Gloria GarcÃa JimÃ©nez-Arragoeta
Owner: Mertola town authorities
Location: Mertola, Portugal
Link to: Website
The "Mosaico do Cavaleiro" found in Mertola, Portugal (6th-7th centuries), is said to be the oldest representation of falconry at the Iberian Peninsula (underneath). An 8th century arabic falconry treatise called "Kitab dawari at-tayr" written by al-Gitrif ibn Qudama al-Gassani, mentions the story of the Hispanic-Visigoth falconer king Eurico (466-486) too.
A better quality image of the mosaics here:
With many thanks to Gloria García Jiménez-Arragoeta
and Carole Raddato.
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