Unicorn went into legend as one of the most mysterious and divine creatures. The stories about unicorn go on and on in Bible and in records from Middle Age. Is there any truth in it or did they all proceed from human’s desire and imagination? Although now science can’t give us a satisfying answer about unicorn yet, what we certainly have now is a definite visualization of unicorn through thousands of years into history. Let’s go with us and check out what unicorn looks like in different eras (or more accurately, how real unicorn pictures have evolved over the years).
Real unicorn pictures 1: Unicorn in Bible
Unicorn has been mentioned nine times in King James version of Bible. However, the “unicorn” in the original Hebrew Biblical text was “re’em”, which probably meant some wild ox with one horn. After many times of translation, from Hebrew to Greek, from Greek to Latin and finally to English, “re’em” was re-translated many times and became unicorn. They use the word “unicorn” only to mean single-horned animal. However, we refer to it as the fairy unicorn looking like white horse with one horn on the head.
A depiction of a unicorn in the bible. They are somehow similar to our imagination, but with much bigger horn.
Some said this is the unicorn that Hebrew Bible mentioned. Not as beautiful as what we imagine right? It is actually Siberian Unicorn, a real animal that existed somewhat 29000 years ago. Scientists have found its fossil in Kazakhstan. This is the closest what human can find that looks like the “single-horned” creature in the Bible.
Real Unicorn Pictures 2: Unicorn in Medieval Time
There are tons of records about unicorn hunting business in Middle Age era. People there already knew about the magical healing power of unicorn horn and used it as effective antidote to incurable poison. This is record of how it looks like:
The unicorn looks more like a dog with a single horn rather than a horse. It has lots of hair on its head and neck and a significantly large horn compared to its body size.
The most famous record we found in Middle Age about unicorn must be the Unicorn Tapestries, woven in Brussels around the end of XV century, beginning of the XVI century. Unicorn in Captivity is a part of this well-known masterpiece:
Apparently, it looks slightly different from the above portray that looks more like a dog. This unicorn look is similar to a goat and closer to the horse body that we all think of.
These depictions vary widely and it’s hard to say they’re all same type of “unicorn”. Nonetheless, there’s one significant common feature in all of them, that is the unusually long horn. Unicorn in our thought often has little cute horn with the conical shape, the real unicorn’s horn that we haven’t seen might be as pointy as spear.
Real Unicorn Pictures 3: Unicorn Image in Today’s Life
Nowadays we don’t see unicorns. There’s no scientific proof yet if they will go out of their comfort zone and appear in front of us in near future. However, human know how to satisfy their imagination by creating beautiful pictures of the unicorn. Let’s go through gorgeous images of the unicorn that we all hope to see someday:
A few of them are claimed to be real unicorn detection. Are they real or just a product of photoshop or simply a horse with an artificial horn? In whichever way, these images are the most real visualization of unicorns that human can make. This is also the closest we can get to the unicorn of our dream. Let’s hope that finally, with our own eyes, one of us can see the one true real unicorn and talk to others about this miraculous experience.
Hope you have a good time with all these real unicorn pictures. Get interested in anything related to unicorns? More surprising facts, fun stories, and inspiring ideas from unicorn can be found here.