Today’s Friday Photo depicts a scene from the reproduction tapestry of the Hunt of the Unicorn housed at Stirling Castle. In later mediaeval courts, tapestries were a luxurious furnishing, helping to bring colour and artistry into the lived environment but requiring a huge amount of labour and costly material to produce. This one is modelled off a well-known set of tapestries produced around 1500 which depict several stages of a unicorn hunt–an event tinged with religious overtones of the Passion of Christ–and were probably displayed in France. Their inclusion in the restoration of Stirling Castle was based of the belief that one of the castle’s most influential inhabitants, King James IV, had a similar set of tapestries (the close links between France and Scotland make this likely.) If so, he was indulging in a luxury prized by monarchs throughout Europe, whose collections can now be seen in places as far afield as the Cloisters Museum in New York and Wawel Castle (proud owner of several massive woodland tapestries) in Krakow.