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., 1197 lb. (33 × 85.1 × 212.1 cm, 543 kg)

Classification: Sculpture-Architectural

Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1925

Accession Number: 25.120.201


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?