The Unicorn in Captivity, 1495–1505
Wool warp with 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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Many of the flowering plants in this tapestry have been botanically identified. A number of those depicted closest to the unicorn’s body, including bluebells (Endymion non-scripta), bistort (Polygonum bistorta), and purple orchis (Orchis mascula), are spring-blooming plants strongly associated with sexuality and fertility in the Middle Ages.