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. We enclose information about how to hang a tapestry with your order.
The image above is the 24″x19″ size. The image below with the border is the 27″x19″ size.