Monday, February 26, 2007

Unicorn

I guess you would have to say Pegasus Unicorn with the wings and all.
Turns out that Pliny depicted the body of a horse, head of a deer, feet of an elephant the tail of a lion, with a black tapered horn projecting a length of two cubits for the Unicorn in his "Natural History" written about year 30. Those in the middle ages took this work to be the truth about life in the natural world.
Looks as though he might have had many flights of fancy as well as bad luck since he was buried in Pompeii by Vesuvius.

The Graphic is from Angel at her blog

12 comments:

red-dirt-girl said...

beautiful pix, goatman.......por Pliny........wrong about so many things......and especially about his choice of living accomodations!!!! I'm hoping Maguire's gorgeous words inspired you!

peace
rdg

Marion said...

Lol...I probably could have got along well with Pliny! Re the flights of fancy!

Wonderful photo...I like this Pegasus Unicorn much better than Pliny's idea, even if his was very creative!

Ash said...

Wonderful image!

red-dirt-girl said...

Goatman, Goatman

come out, come out.....wherever you are........

trinitystar said...

Man of my heart. Love Unicorns.
Wonderful photograph.
Magical!

Intergalactic Stacey said...

When I was younger, I was fascinated by Unicorns. I was always checking Unicorn books out of the library, especially fantasy art books.

I tried to find an illustration of Pliny's Unicorn on the internet, but it doesn't seem to exist.

Margie said...

Such a wonderful picture of the unicorn!
Thanks so much for your visit!
So nice to have you drop by again!

QUASAR9 said...

lol! Flights of fancy
alas, dust to dust for all
ashes to ashes for those incinerated
Unicorns fantasies reincarnated

red-dirt-girl said...

Goatman,

Thank you for the sweet comment you left over at my poetry blog....your words are too kind - and I feel exactly the same way about your comments......always a pleasure, treasure and thoughtful....spring is almost here.....wonder what big Al's doing today???

peace friend,
rdg

goatman said...

A search of "Natural History" reveals the description by pliny of this beast (Book 8, Chapter 3l; Animals of India) but no pictures. This man was apparently not a sketcher! And the tail is described as that of a boar, not a lion as stated in the OED (Oxford English Dictionary).
Still looking for a rendering of the original monoceros (unicorn).

Princess Haiku said...

This is one of the most beautiful unicorn pictures that I have ever seen.

Annelisa said...

Love the pic, Goatman - spent much of my eldest daughter's early years looking for pictures of unicorns, she so adored them... got me hooked too! :-D

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