The unicorn has been popular at various points in time for at least 3,000 years.
It’s an enchanting and mythological creature, long believed to have magical powers but also known for its fierce nature. Universally beautiful, it is known to be mysterious and difficult to capture or tame. Historically, the unicorn appeared in early Mesopotamian artworks, and was referred to in the ancient myths of India and China. In Chinese mythology it harms no creature, and its presence is considered a good omen. Unicorns have been incorporated into Western art and culture, including the Medieval period and the Renaissance. Prior to the 1968 novel The Last Unicorn, there were no female unicorns to be found in any of the world’s varied mythologies. Interestingly, an animal once so traditionally male is now often portrayed as female.
Unicorns are usually depicted with a spiral horn and are often shown with a collar and broken chain, indicating that they have freed themselves from bondage and cannot be taken again. The magical powers of unicorns are also legendary. Unicorn horns are said to be harder than diamonds and unicorn tears are believed to have the power to heal both physical wounds and sorrows of the heart. The ongoing body of literature associated with unicorns and the special powers attributed to them will continue to add to their value as symbols of freedom, purity, healing and beauty.