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Hunting In The Borderlands ( For Oleg Grabar)

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This chapter discusses the painting cycle from the Hall of Justice of the Alhambra as a means of exploring, not just common styles and motives, but artistic meanings that were held in common between courts. In particular, hunting as an attribute of lordship and sovereignty is key here, in a world in which relationships between Nasrids and Castilians were still largely feudal and many meanings shared, allying the parties we once supposed to be ?other.? There, hunting as iconographic shorthand for ownership of the land appears in surprising and deflected ways. Hunting imagery becomes the means by which both Nasrids and Castilians act out a ceremonial opposition to another with whom they are socially and culturally intertwined.

Keywords: Alhambra; Castilians; Hall of Justice; Hunting imagery; Nasrids



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