A Knight of the d'Aluye Family


On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 09

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?

A Knight of the d'Aluye Family, Limestone, French

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