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722-705 BC - Assyrian Bas-relief found in the ruins at Khorsabad during the excavation of the palace of Sargon II (or Saragon II) has been claimed to depict falconry. In fact, it depicts an archer shooting at raptors and an attendant capturing a raptor. A. H. Layard's statement in his 1853 book Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon is "A falconer bearing a hawk on his wrist appeared to be represented in a bas-relief which I saw on my last visit to those ruins."
Only fitting that the tradition would carry on way past our understanding
50% detail shot - [link]
edit - fixed up the focus issues, added more foliage behind the bird, blurred the wing a bit more
edit again - more work on the bird, thx tascha