Carnations from ‘the Unicorn in Captivity’, Late Medieval tapestry
Detail of red carnations from the carpet of flowers surrounding the unicorn in its enclosure, on the 'Unicorn in Captivity' tapestry, part of a series of seven. Made in the South Netherlands at the end of the 15th century.
The captive unicorn probably represents the beloved tamed, yet staying willingly in his confines, which he could easily escape. Many of the flowers depicted are associated with fertility and marriage.
At the Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.
The earring pendants are silver-plated and the glass cabochon measures 18 x 13mm. All earrings have sterling silver hooks and come in a sturdy black card gift box.