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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1853,0404.1

  • Description

    Stone figure of a knight wearing full armour (possibly St George) holding a lance or a bow in both hands; a shield with the cross of St George is slung by a strap over his left side; the legs are broken off.
    The knight wears full leg-defences of steel as shown by the knee-defence (poleyn) with its 'wing' on the outer right side. He is wearing a mail shirt (haubergeon) under his plate armour as seen at thigh level. He then wears a cuirass (brastplate and backplate) of plate. There appears to be no lance-rest on the upper right side of the breast-plate. Over the breastplate he wears a heavy belt and slung diagonally is his sword belt. The hilt of the sword can be glimpsed on the left hip. He has full arm-defences of plate with articulating lames (small plates) at the shoulder. On his hands he has a pair of gauntlets with wide, flaring cuffs of 'hour-glass' shape. The detailing of the separate lames of backs of the hands and fingers is particularly fine. He is probably holding a lance in both hands. His shield is slung by a strap over his left side. On his head he wears a bascinet (helmet) with a mail neckguard (aventail) hanging from a border of visible staples. The aventail is fitted over the staple and secured with threaded string. Over the bascinet is a bejewelled coronet.

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  • Date

    • 1375-1425 (about)
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 318 millimetres
    • Width: 170 millimetres
    • Depth: 98 millimetres (including protrusion)
  • Curator's comments

    An image of the figure was the main feature of the poster advertising the exhibition 'Brother-in-arms?' at Jersey Museum, St Helier, 6 Apr - 17 Oct 2004.This figure of a man-at-arms wearing full armour
    is an excellent example of how a knight from
    around 1375 to 1425 would have looked.
    Knights were required to provide their own
    armour and weapons, often at considerable cost.

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  • Bibliography

    • Watts 2004 52-53 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2016 Oct – 2017 Feb, Spain, CaixaForum Madrid, Medieval Europe,
    2017 Mar – Jun, Spain, CaixaForum Barcelona, Medieval Europe,
    2017 Jul – Oct, Spain, CaixaForum Zaragoza, Medieval Europe.

    2015 11 Dec- 10 Apr, Australia, Brisbane, Queensland Museum, Medieval Europe, power and legacy. 2003 6 Apr-17 Oct, St. Helier, Jersey Museum, Brothers in Arms? French Raids on Jersey in the Middle Ages

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1853

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1853,0404.1

Stone figure of a knight wearing full armour (possibly St George) holding a lance or a bow in both hands; a shield with the cross of St George is slung by a strap over his left side; the legs are broken off.  The knight wears  full leg-defences of steel a

Stone figure of a knight wearing full armour (possibly St George) holding a lance or a bow in both hands; a shield with the cross of St George is slung by a strap over his left side; the legs are broken off. The knight wears full leg-defences of steel a

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