"Our Explanation of the Sixth Unicorn Tapestry" Musée National du Moyen Âge (National Museum of Medieval Art) Tip by hquittner

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      Closeup of Hearing (portable positive organ)
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The meaning of the sixth sense in the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries has been much debated. There is another similar set with the same subject, somewhere else, so it is undoubtedly not an artefact (implying that there are no others to the set that are missing). The other five tapestries cover the base animal senses; she is instructing the lion and unicorn in the sophisticated human use of them. We think the sixth sense is animal passion (eroticism). She is about to enter the tent(? To mine only desire?) and is saying farewell to them (they cannot go where she is going and she has no information as yet to impart to them about what humans do). Note that she is discarding her personal luxuries as well. The tapestries were probably a wedding present to grace and warm the walls of a nuptual bedroom. What do you think?

Address: Place Paul-Panleve, 6. (in Room XIII Upstairs)
Directions: Where Boulevard Saint-Michel meets Boulevard Saint-Germain... couldn't be easier. Metro Cluny-Sorbonne (closer) or Saint-Michel (not far at all).
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  • Updated Dec 31, 2006
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