Falconry Database

Project Description

The project is creating a database of artistic representations of falcons and falconry, serving research of the history and culture of falconry worldwide. It seeks to provide scholars and practicing falconers with knowledge and awareness of falconry's rich cultural traditions. They have found expression in the visual arts from different times and places. In addition, it aims to support scholarly publications and dissemination of knowledge and imagery of falconry traditions to the general interested audience.
Chess piece in form of a knight represented as a falconer; Dutch, c. 1500; elephant ivory (Metropolitan Museum, New-York, Pfeiffer Fund, 1984, 214).
One of the followers of the Hohenstaufen emperor Friedrich II was Margrave Heinrich III. of Meissen (1218-1288). He organized splendid tournaments at court, composed sacred music and was famous for his lavish court rulings. That is why he was nicknamed "illustris", the illustrious.


Man, Death, and Birds of Prey


Convened by Anne-Lise Tropato, April 2, 2019

4th International Falconry Festival


Organized by
Emirates Falconers' Club, International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey

Oliver Grimm, Senior Researcher, Center for the Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology Schleswig

December 5, 2017

  • Conference Presentations

    “Beyond falconry: the social imaginary of a UNESCO intangible heritage of humanity”, presentation at the Falcon Genomics Conference, NYUAD Institute, March 2-4, 2020.

    “La fauconnerie dans l’art”, presentation at the Alliance Francaise of Abu Dhabi for the Franco-Emirati Cultural Dialogue 2018-2019, September 30, 2019.