The Unicorn Tapestries
(South Netherlandish, 1495–1505) on display at The Cloisters are the most celebrated medieval works in the Museum’s collection. Luxuriously woven in fine wool and silk with silver and gilded threads, the seven individual hangings vividly depict scenes associated with a hunt for the elusive, magical unicorn. Our whimsical ornament is based on the mythical creature depicted in the Museum’s iconic The Unicorn in Captivity
Cast resin. Hand painted. Includes a gold cord for hanging. Gift boxed. 6 1/4''H x 4 1/2''L x 1 1/2''W.
- Cast resin
- Hand painted
- Includes a gold cord for hanging
- Gift boxed
- 6 1/4''H x 4 1/2''L x 1 1/2''W
Art HistoryIn The Unicorn in Captivity, the unicorn probably represents the beloved tamed. He is tethered to a tree and constrained by a fence, but the chain is not secure and the fence is low enough to leap over, which would allow him to if he wished. Clearly, however, his confinement is a happy one, to which the ripe, seed-laden pomegranates in the tree—a medieval symbol of fertility and marriage—testify.