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Detail from The Unicorn in Captivity

The Unicorn in Captivity (from the Unicorn Tapestries) (detail), 1495–1505
South Netherlandish
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1937 (37.80.6)
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The red carnation set just outside the enclosure is the only garden pink depicted in the Unicorn Tapestries. It appears in close conjunction with other garden plants, such as the iris and the Madonna lily, but unlike those two plants of ancient cultivation, it was a newcomer to fifteenth-century horticulture.

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