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The Unicorn in Captivity - French medieval tapestries

The Unicorn in Captivity

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The Unicorn in Captivity tapestry is woven in two sizes: 24″x19″ (no border) US$70 reduced to US$59, 27″x19″ (with border) US$80. See tapestry description below.

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Tapestry Description

The Unicorn in Captivity

Hunt of the Unicorn

The Unicorn in Captivity tapestry shows the final scene in the The Hunt of the Unicorn series of medieval tapestries. The seven Unicorn Tapestries were woven between 1495 and 1505 in Brussels, perhaps commissioned for the wedding of Louis XII of France and Anne of Brittany in 1491 (the A and reversed E might refer to Anne).

Also known as The Captive Unicorn tapestry this shows the unicorn in a setting full of symbols expressing purity and fertility, Christian and human love. The unicorn (representing purity) is attached by a golden chain to a pomegranate tree (fertility). The mille fleurs background has many plants with symbolic or medical characteristics – there are about 100 different plants in the series.

This is a simpler rendition of the original in the Metropolitan Cloisters, New York. It is a French tapestry wall-hanging woven today in 97% cotton and lined, with a rod pocket for easy hanging.

The image above is the 24″x18″ size. The image below with the border is the 27″x19″ size.

Unicorn in Captivity tapestry with border

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