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  • The Unicorn Defends Himself, 1495–1505
    South Netherlandish
    Wool and Silk

    145 x 158 in. (368.3 x 401.3 cm)
    The Cloisters Collection, 1937 (37.80.4)

    With the help of their dogs, the hunters have surrounded the unicorn. As the men prepare to spear him, and dogs bite at his haunch, the unicorn kicks out in anger, at the same time stabbing a dog with his horn. The hunting dogs are portrayed with remarkable precision, as are the waterfowl in the foreground.

    This work of art also appears on Connections: Greyhounds

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    On view at The Cloisers: Gallery 017
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  • The Unicorn Defends Himself, 1495–1505
    South Netherlandish
    Wool and Silk

    145 x 158 in. (368.3 x 401.3 cm)
    The Cloisters Collection, 1937 (37.80.4)


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