This tapestry is one of seven hangings at The Cloisters that depict the hunt of the unicorn, a mythical creature first mentioned by the Greek physician Ctesias in the fourth century B.C. In the Middle Ages the animal was best known for its supposed invincibility and for the therapeutic property of its horn. So strong was the belief in the horn’s miraculous cures that by the twelfth century the tusks of male narwhals, a small whale native to the Arctic, came to be regarded as “unicorn horns. Measures 18″ x 20″ – stitching area 14″ x 16” – on 14, 16 or 18 mesh mono deluxe needlepoint canvas. We are happy to select and add appropriate wool or silk threads to help complete. Please indicate your mesh preference in the note section at checkout. Available in alternate sizes. Please contact us if you would like us to add your choice of threads.