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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 Fifth Avenue in Gallery 899
Across three generations, men of the d’Aluye family of France embarked for the Holy Land, their mission to reclaim it for European Christians and redeem their own souls. The pride of this knight was such that he chose to be presented for eternity as a heavily armed—but prayerful—warrior. His sword does not match his armor; its form is typical of Chinese weaponry. Did he purchase it in a market of the Holy Land or forcibly wrest it from an adversary?
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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