The Unicorn in Captivity (detail), 1495–1505
Wool warp, wool, silk, silver, and gilt wefts; Overall: 12 ft. 7/8 in. x 99 in. (368 x 251.5 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1937 (37.80.6)
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The Unicorn is shown enclosed by a fence and chained to a pomegranate tree. Pomegranates were a sign of fertility; the juice dripping onto the unicorn may symbolize fecundity. There are other plants here that represent fruitfulness and were even used as fertility aids in the medieval ages: wild orchid, bistort, and thistle.