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King Jahangir, The Fearless Falconer

King Jahangir, The Fearless Falconer
$215.00
King Jahangir was a skilled falconer of his time. In this expressive miniature reproduction, he is seen with his hawk, as could be gleaned from the falconry gauntlet (falcons like the lightweight kestrel are flown with bare hands). It is a great white- and slate-coloured beauty with a gold locket around its neck to convey its regal stature. He grips his master’s wrist with one claw, as if on the verge of settling after the day’s flight.

The King’s gaze is as steady and unflinching and nonchalant as the hawk’s. He is dressed in the heavy traditional robe of Mughal royalty - layered silks and velvets, featuring the finest embroidery in the fashion of the times. He carries a dagger at his waist, for what is a king without a weapon to defend what he owns. Close-cropped jooties clad his feet, and the colour of his turban matches that of the scabbard.

His stance is of one whose pleasures now lie only in dangerous pursuits, of which falconry is one. The hand that bears the hawk is eerily stable. The other hand is bare as it reaches out to the animal in measured caresses over its warm, downy breast. It is the onset of twilight upon which it has returned home to its master.

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Item Code: MF10
Specifications:
Miniature Painting on Paper
Artist Kailash Raj
6.5" x 9.5"

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