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A Knight of the d'Aluye Family

Date:
after 1248–by 1267
Geography:
Made in Loire Valley, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
13 × 33 1/2 × 83 1/2 in. (33 × 85.1 × 212.1 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Architectural
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1925
Accession Number:
25.120.201
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 9
This image of the knight Jean d’Aluye comes from the abbey at La Clarté-Dieu, which he founded in 1239, before setting out on Crusade to the Holy Land in 1241. He returned safely to France by 1244, carrying with him a relic of the True Cross, presented to him by the bishop of Hiera Petra, on Crete. It seems he somehow also acquired his sword during his travels, as its trefoil pommel conforms to contemporary examples from China.
The effigy is supported by a modern base.
From the Cistercian abbey of La Clarté-Dieu, north of Tours, France; [ Georges J. Demotte 1877–1923, Paris and New York] ; George Grey Barnard American, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 1863–1938 New York, New York (until 1925)
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