Ornamental Plaque of a Knight on Horseback

ca. 1300
Western European, possibly British
Copper alloy, gold
H. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); W. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm); D. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm); Wt. 6 oz. (170.1 g)
Miscellaneous-Buckles & Ornament
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Funds from various donors, 1929
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
The original use of this plaque is unknown; it may have decorated a tomb or perhaps an elaborate piece of furniture. It provides an excellent picture of a fully armored knight of the late thirteenth or early fourteenth century.
Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor from the Permanent Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (Summer, 1991), pp. 12, 64, ill.

Nickel, Helmut. "About Ailettes and Achselschilde." Waffen- und Kostümkunde: Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Historische Waffen- und Kostümkunde, (2002), pp. 197–212, ill. on pp. 200, 203.

Haag, Sabine. Ritter! : Traum & Wirklichkeit : eine Ausstellung des Kunsthistorischen Museums Wien. Vienna, Austria: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, 2013. p. 15, abb. 2.