The Last Unicorn 2015-2018

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At last, I finished my latest porcelain doll! She is Lady Amalthea – the Last Unicorn!

This doll was inspired by a character from a 1968 fantasy novel by Peter S. Beagle, who undertakes a quest to find others of her kind, becomes a mortal woman and begins to experience human emotions. It is one of the saddest, and most beautiful fairy tales written, and I believe it is a poingant allegory for environmental destruction, rampant consumerism, loss of biodiversity and extinction. But it is also about love, courage, hope and transformation.

This doll will be available for sale in September. If you are interested please contact me at

I’ve worked on this piece for over three years, dismantling and reassembling it multiple times as the image of the Unicorn slowly shaped itself. The 24k gold-plated bronze head piece was inspired by Hans Holbein’s 1539 portrait of Anne of Cleves, who was the 4th wife of King Henry the 8th. It is very light for its size, weighing only 82.3g (2.9oz). The costume is constructed with gold appliqué embroidery on fine tule, 2,435 gold-lined glass beads (24k), 1,880 seed beads, 635 Swarovski crystals, 148 Mother of Pearl flowers, 46 fresh water Pearls and 21 Amethyst gemstones.

“Once, I can’t remember, I was long ago, someone strange. I was innocent and wise, and full of pain. Now that I’m a woman, everything has changed. Once, when I was searching, somewhere out of reach, far away, in a place I could not find, or heart obey. Now that I’m a woman, everything is strange.”

– Lady Amalthea (Unicorn), The last Unicorn 1968, Peter S. Beagle.

“I am afraid of this mortal body…”

– Lady Amalthea (Unicorn), The last Unicorn 1968, Peter S. Beagle.

“Drown out my dreams! Keep me from remembering whatever wants me to remember it!”

Lady Amalthea (Unicorn), The last Unicorn 1968, Peter S. Beagle

“I can never regret. I can feel sorrow, but it’s not the same thing.”

– Unicorn, The last Unicorn 1968, Peter S. Beagle.

“I’m a little afraid to go home. I have been mortal, and some part of me is mortal yet. I am no longer like the others, for no unicorn was ever born who could regret, but now I do. I regret.”

– Unicorn, The last Unicorn 1968, Peter S. Beagle. 

“She will remember your heart when men are fairy tales in books written by rabbits. Of all unicorns, she is the only one who knows what regret is – and love.”

– Schmendric, the Magician, The last Unicorn 1968, Peter S. Beagle. 


16 Responses

  1. Jacquelyn says:

    oh, my gods. i love “The Last Unicorn”. now her face makes so much sense, the sadness and…the regret. she’s beautiful. what an awesome surprise. thanks for making this doll, Marina. she’s like a ghost come back from my childhood, or, rather, a unicorn.

  2. Els says:

    She is gorgeous <3

  3. Kennedy & Lana says:

    Wow! What a beauty – she is a glorious unicorn woman. Her face reflects her heart’s troubles. Her eyes are full of emotion. Absolutely stunning work, Marina! These outdoor photo shoots really highlight your creations. Lady Amalthea glistens, and so does her terrific headpiece.

  4. Merri says:

    Breathtaking! <3

  5. Anthony says:

    It is INCREDIBLE to finally see this beauty complete after all of these years. I remember meeting her in person when I met you so many Moons ago no Marina, and she was truly CAPTIVATING. Her gaze is truly unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Such a glorious doll, and perfect character!!!! Marina yet another masterpiece my dear <3

  6. Karla says:

    The doll it’s gorgerous. I like how her frown is there when there are enough shadows and how the frown hiddes with light.
    That tale too it’s one of my favorites and at the same time it makes me sad to see and read. The book it’s sadder.

  7. shantiera miller says:

    She looks beautiful, amazing job.

  8. Kristin Aquino says:

    Her eyes are so alive, Marina!
    Outstanding detail.

  9. Raine says:

    she really does have Unicorn eyes….just lovely.

  10. Sonia Anne says:

    She is immortally beautiful and will live forever! Her striking blue eyes, tell her story. Marina, she is truly a grand Masterpiece! Thank-you so much for sharing! Would to have her in my home to gaze at, each day!

  11. Sonia Holowach says:

    After reading this over again, I realized that she is mortal, and still is mortal, not immortal?? I will search for Peter Beagle’s ” The Last Unicorn ” as I am not familiar with this Fantasy Novel.

  12. Diana says:

    Hey, that is really amazing! I guessed her name and identity at the post before, but Marina didn’t saw it I guess -.- However I am happy that my guess was right and I can truly say that this doll is my favorite so far :-) Her eyes are really mesmerizing. I can not stop staring at her…

  13. Nina says:

    She is so so beautiful and a true masterpiece,every thing about her is perfection

  14. Anna says:

    She is out of this world Marina, so beautiful.
    Hoping you, your knight and your musky musketeers are all good. xx

  15. Gaynor says:

    Another beautiful chapter in the tale of Marina’s dolls Masterpiece

  16. Anthony says:

    Always the QUEEN of details Marina my dove you do not fail to deliver. She is truly exquisite and has always been one of my favorite of your works of art. I can not wait to see more of her. She is just so delicate she looks as though made of porcelain to me.

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