Unicorn Universal

Unicorn Universal

“Heroes know that things must happen when it is time for them to happen. A quest may not simply be abandoned; unicorns may go unrescued for a long time, but not forever; a happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story.”
Prince Lir from “The Last Unicorn” 1982
(I must admit, still one of my favorite movies)

A universal image, I finally had the chance to see this mystical tapestry at The Cloisters several weeks ago. Even though the unicorn is in captivity, it is still somehow more CAPTIVATING than sad. Perhaps a testament to the need for structure to appreciate beauty? Or order to let us be free…DHARMA: Law in the universal or abstract sense, not limiting but the wind that carries us toward our purpose.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art says:
The seven individual hangings known as “The Unicorn Tapestries,” are among the most beautiful and complex works of art from the late Middle Ages that survive. Luxuriously woven in fine wool and silk with silver and gilded threads, the tapestries vividly depict scenes associated with a hunt for the elusive, magical unicorn.
In “The Unicorn In Captivity” he is tethered to a tree and constrained by a fence, but the chain is not secure and the fence is low enough to leap over: The unicorn could escape if he wished. Clearly, however, his confinement is a happy one…

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