Every single one of our flutes and recorders is marked with a quality stamp in the form of a Unicorn (or Einhorn in German), and therefore each one becomes a “Unicorn flute”. The unicorn serves to remind you every day of the time, care and love which went into creating your hand-crafted instrument for you.
Since ancient times the unicorn has been the symbol for purity and the Virgin Mary. It especially inspired artists during the Middle Ages and Baroque era.
Tapestry – Musée de Cluny (Paris), 15th century
The first representations of a one-horned “creature” can be traced back to the pre-Christian era and are found not only in European culture but also in Asian regions.
They showed goats and cattle with horns that were tied together into one. In Roman times they were exotic representations of African rhinos.
The unicorn as a white horse with a twisted horn as we know it originates from the Middle Ages and was, in addition to the dragon, the most frequently depicted mystical creature.
“Unicorn horns” which for example can be viewed at the Vienna Hofburg museum and in the museum in the St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, are in reality the tusks of a narwhale which only lives in Arctic waters and has a tusk of up to 3 metres long. These unicorn-like tusks were referred to in the Middle Ages as „Ainkhürn“ and considered to be the horn of a unicorn.
The Unicorn in Captivity, Tapestry from the Hunt of the Unicorn series, Brussels 1 or Liege 2 workshops. Around 1500, The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.