The Secret Garden of Unicorns
Available as a fine art print, canvas and mounted print.
*Unicorn horns were highly prized in medieval times and all weathly rulers and churches had at least one…haha…bear with me;)
A profitable trade in fake Unicorn horns quickly arose as they were prized for the magical properties. Although we now know these were Ivory tusks of the walrus it makes you wonder if we would have driven Unicorns to the point of extinction.
Traditionally there was only one way to capture a unicorn. The unicorn could not resist the smell of a young virgin maiden and would lay it’s head on her lap, the unicorn could then be taken by hunters*.
Leonardo da Vinci wrote in one of his notebooks…
The unicorn, through its intemperance and not knowing how to control itself, for the love it bears to fair maidens forgets its ferocity and wildness; and laying aside all fear it will go up to a seated damsel and go to sleep in her lap, and thus the hunters take it.
In this Secret Garden the unicorns can play safely away from the hunters.
Image copyright © 2010 Shanina Conway.
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