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  • A Herend porcelain figurine of a Rearing Unicorn painted in Vieux Herend (VH) Red Rust Fish scale design. The first figurine of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory decorated with a feather-like scaled design was made in 1871. Back then, the famous Hungarian writer Mór Jókai received a rooster with this pattern. The scaled pattern soon became known worldwide as Herend’s specialty. A variety of different animal figurines became sought after collectors’ pieces. 


    The unicorn is a legendary animal that has been described since antiquity as a beast with a large, pointed, spiralling horn projecting from its forehead. The unicorn was depicted in anicnet seals of the Indus Valley Civilsation and was mentioned by the ancient Greeks in accounts of natural history by various writers. In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, it was commonly descrbied as an extremely wild woodland creature, a symbol of purity and grace, which could only be captured by a virgin. In the encyclopedias its horn was said to have the power to render poisonded water potable and to heal sicknesses.



    H: 12 cm

    W: 7.6 cm 

    L: 7 cm

    Herend Rearing Unicorn

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