The "Mosaico do Cavaleiro" found in Mertola, Portugal (6th-7th centuries)

Date Created: 07 June 2017

Author: Unknown

Source: Gloria García Jiménez-Arragoeta

Owner: Mertola town authorities

Location: Mertola, Portugal

Link to: Website

  • Portugal
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  • Artwork
  • Painting
  • 5th - 9th Centuries AC
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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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