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Regime Change in the Ancient Near East and EgyptFrom Sargon of Agade to Saddam Hussein$
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Harriet Crawford

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263907

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263907.001.0001

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The Royal Hunt in Islamic Art: a Symbol of Power or an Enduring Image?

The Royal Hunt in Islamic Art: a Symbol of Power or an Enduring Image?

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(p.104) (p.105) 7 The Royal Hunt in Islamic Art: a Symbol of Power or an Enduring Image?
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Regime Change in the Ancient Near East and Egypt
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Sheila Canby

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263907.003.0007

This chapter examines the imagery of the royal hunt in the Middle East and particularly Iran from the seventh to the nineteenth century. It attempts to determine whether the strength of the association of hunting with kingship underlies the enduring symbolism of the king as the supreme hunter, or whether the power of the visual motifs was so compelling that they ensured the continuity of the royal hunter in the visual arts of the Islamic world. It concludes that the attitudes to the depiction of royal hunts in Islamic Iran depended to a great extent on who was in power and how they wished to be perceived.

Keywords:   royal hunt, Middle East, Iran, kingship, symbolism, supreme hunter, visual arts

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