Golden Eagle - Mongolian Eagle Hunters

Medium: Watercolor. 10.2 X 12.4 inches.

The first of ten paintings for my M.F.A. thesis, An Illustrative Exploration of Birds of Prey in History and Culture.

Falconry is thought to have its roots in Central Asia, around 6,000 years ago. The Mongolian eagle hunters practice this tradition on horseback - the corsac foxes their eagles catch are used to create their hats, but have little monetary or food value. The purpose of hunting with eagles is not rooted in earning money, but is seen as a tradition of honor.

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