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The Unicorn Myth
Article by Hillary Smith

The Unicorn Myth

The unicorn, a mythical creature popularized in European folklore, has captivated the human imagination for over 2,000 years. For most of that time, well into the Middle Ages, people also believed them to be real. The roots of the unicorn...
The Unicorn Rests in a Garden
Image by The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Unicorn Rests in a Garden

"The Unicorn Rests in a Garden" is one of seven tapestries in the "Unicorn Tapestries" group. These allegorical tapestries depict the hunting of a unicorn, a mythological animal common to European folklore. "The Unicorn Rests in a Garden"...
The Lady and the Unicorn: Medieval Tapestries
Image Gallery by Jan van der Crabben

The Lady and the Unicorn: Medieval Tapestries

The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries, housed at the Musée de Cluny in Paris, are a series of six exquisite medieval tapestries that are renowned for their beauty, craftsmanship, and mysterious symbolism. These tapestries are believed to have...
Qilin (Chinese Unicorn)
Definition by Joanne Taylor

Qilin (Chinese Unicorn)

The qilin (麒麟, or simply lin 麟) is a Chinese mythical creature, frequently translated as "Chinese unicorn." While this term may suggest a one-horned creature, the qilin is often depicted with two horns. However, like the Western unicorn...
The Unicorn Surrenders to a Maiden
Image by The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Unicorn Surrenders to a Maiden

"The Unicorn Surrenders to a Maiden" is one of seven tapestries in the "Unicorn Tapestries" group. These allegorical tapestries depict the hunting of a unicorn, a mythological animal common to European folklore. "The Unicorn Surrenders to...
The Unicorn Defends Himself
Image by The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Unicorn Defends Himself

"The Unicorn Defends Himself" is one of seven tapestries in the "Unicorn Tapestries" group. These allegorical tapestries depict the hunting of a unicorn, a mythological animal common to European folklore. In "The Unicorn Defends Himself,"...
The Unicorn Purifies Water
Image by The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Unicorn Purifies Water

"The Unicorn Purifies Water" is one of seven tapestries in the "Unicorn Tapestries" group. These allegorical tapestries depict the hunting of a unicorn, a mythological animal common to European folklore. "The Unicorn Purifies Water" is a...
The Unicorn Crosses a Stream
Image by Hillary Smith

The Unicorn Crosses a Stream

"The Unicorn Crosses a Stream" is one of seven tapestries in the "Unicorn Tapestries" group. These allegorical tapestries depict the hunting of a unicorn, a mythological animal common to European folklore. In "The Unicorn Crosses a Stream,"...
Dogs & Their Collars in the Middle Ages
Article by Joshua J. Mark

Dogs & Their Collars in the Middle Ages

Dogs have played a prominent role in the lives of humans going back thousands of years and, more than any other domesticated animal, this role has remained relatively unchanged. In the present day, dogs serve as guardians, perform tricks...
The Lady and the Unicorn: Taste
Image by Jan van der Crabben

The Lady and the Unicorn: Taste

The Lady and the Unicorn are six tapestries depicting a medieval lady in various poses. Each scene depicts one of the five senses; the sixth scene is labelled À Mon Seul Désir ("to my only desire") whose meaning is unclear. Historians attribute...
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