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The Unicorn is Found

Adorning the walls of the Queen's Inner Hall, Stirling Castle.


The Unicorn Tapestries in Stirling Castle are reproductions of original medieval tapestries from the South Netherlands, owned by the Comtes de la Rochefoucauld for centuries, but donated to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art by the Rockefeller family. They now appear in The Cloisters.


It is believed that James V and Mary of Guise owned a similar set of unicorn-themed tapestries. The Cloisters' Unicorn Tapestries are the best remaining set of such works.


"In this tapestry the unicorn kneels before a tall white fountain that has a pair of pheasants and a pair of goldfinches perched on its edge. Other animals both exotic and native to Europe lounge about, while twelve hunters in the back of the scene discuss the discovery of their quarry. Flora and fauna play a significant role in the narratives of the Unicorn Tapestries. Plants prescribed in medieval herbals as antidotes to poisoning, such as sage, pot marigolds, and orange, are positioned near the stream, which is being purified by the unicorn's magic horn." (Quote from the Metropolitan Museum of Art).

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Taken on May 22, 2012