NMS-F92EB4: Alabaster figure of a knight: Medieval

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Unique ID: NMS-F92EB4

Object type certainty: Certain
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Alabaster figure of a knight, carved in the round, broken and incomplete, comprising eight joining fragments. The knight is missing most of one ear, one elbow, his hands and most of his legs. He has ring-and-dots for eyes, exaggeratedly large perforated ears, protruding lips and a beard around his cheeks and chin but no moustache. He wears a conical helmet with nasal (nose-guard) and a long-sleeved mail hauberk under his surcoat. His lower arms are obliquely angled upward to where his hands were once clasped together, perhaps in prayer (or holding the reins of a horse?). His legs are slightly splayed with a projecting ridge around his bottom. The front of helmet is decorated with a tripartite motif (possibly a debased fleur-de-lis) containing engraved rocker-arm. Lines of engraved rocker-arm are also used on the front of the body of the knight to represent mail, his back is undecorated. There are fine file and tooling marks overall. 100 x >205mm. Cf. knights with mail hauberks under surcoats and one with helmet with nasal in the Winchester Bible, c.1160-80 and helmet with nasal on a carved relief at Barfreston Church, Kent, c.1180. Possibly Late 12th century.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1150
Date to: Circa AD 1200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 100 mm
Width: 205 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 20th November 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Erica Darch
Identified by: Mr Steven Ashley

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: Breckland (District)
To be known as: Breckland

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: NMS
Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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