This show in Washington, D.C., explores how the art of falconry took wing from the Arab world to China and Byzantium
Revered in ancient Egypt as associates of Horus, falcons were first trained as hunters in the royal courts of Syria in the eighth century. From there, the art of falconry took wing, travelling quickly across the Islamic world to the Byzantine Empire in the West and China in the East. This display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art in Washington, D.C. (15 January–17 July) takes a sweeping look at these majestic birds over the course of human history, with paintings and objects from ancient Egypt to China. Find out more from the Smithsonian’s website.