Golden obsidian unicorn from Mexico of AAA quality.
fully carved by hand.
Dimension of 19cm high 14cm wide and 9.87 cm diameter
Weight of 1kg016.
Quite substantial size
All-natural obsidian guaranteed without any treatment
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The unicorn, sometimes referred to as a black-horned, is a legendary creature with a single horn. Its controversial origin is the result of multiple influences, in particular descriptions of animals such as the rhinoceros and the antelope, from the stories of explorers. The first attested depictions of unicorn animals date back to the Indus civilization. Ekashringa's Sanskrit narrative and trade routes may have played a role in their spread to the Near East.
Known in the Christian West since Greek antiquity by accounts of travelers in Persia and India, under the name of "monoceros", the Western unicorn is distinguished from its Asian counterparts by its appearance, symbolism and history. Under the influence of the Physiologus, Western bestiaries and their miniatures describe it as a very ferocious forest animal, symbol of purity and grace, attracted by the smell of virginity. The story of her hunt, during which a virgin girl helps the hunters capture her, spreads throughout the Christian West as well as part of the Muslim world. The physical representation of the Western unicorn is fixed between the horse and the white goat at the end of the Middle Ages. It is endowed with an equine body, a goat's beard, split hooves, and especially a long horn in the middle of the forehead, straight, spiral and pointed, which is its main characteristic, as in the series of tapestries The Lady with the Unicorn.
The unicorn became the most important imaginary animal of the Christian West from the Middle Ages until the end of the Renaissance. Belief in its existence is omnipresent, thanks to the trade in its "horn" and its presence in some translations of the Bible. Objects presented as authentic "unicorn horns" are exchanged, and are credited with the power to purify liquids from poisons and cure most diseases. Gradually, these objects are identified as the teeth of narwhal, an Arctic marine mammal. The existence of the unicorn, however, remained debated until the mid-nineteenth century. This legendary beast has always been of interest to theologians, doctors, naturalists, poets, people of letters, esotericists, alchemists, psychologists, historians and symbolists. Its symbolic aspect, very rich, associates it with the duality of the human being, spiritual research, the experience of the divine, the virgin woman, love and protection. Carl Gustav Jung devotes about forty pages to him in Psychology and Alchemy.
The unicorn has been one of the typical creatures of fantasy and fairy tales since the late nineteenth century, thanks to works such as Lewis Carroll's On the Other Side of the Mirror, Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn, Ridley Scott's Legend, and Osamu Tezuka's Unico. Its modern imagery moves away from the medieval heritage, to become that of a large "magical" white horse, with a single horn in the middle of the forehead. His recent association with fictional universes such as, among others, My Little Pony, gives him a more meek image. It is often a pretext for parodies in popular culture, among others through the cult of the invisible pink unicorn.
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