Unicorn horns, Anonymous, c. 1000 - c. 1099

Unicorn horns, Anonymous, c. 1000 - c. 1099

ivory, l 105cm. More details

For centuries, these three objects appeared on Catholic feast days on the high altar of the Mariakerk, Utrecht. Candlesticks were placed on their pointed ends. People believed the horns were those of a unicorn, a mythical creature then regarded as a symbol of the Virgin’s chastity. They are, in actual fact, the teeth of a narwhal, a type of whale

On display in room 0.1 Unicorns

Collections with this work


Svetlana added this work to Interestingly

November 30 2015 - 128 works 266 2

Jowelse added this work to Leuke dingen

November 11 2015 - 4 works 23 0

Patty Struik added this work to Cabinet of Wonder

October 27 2015 - 52 works 152 1

Make your own creations with this work