Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Number 16: Carlton Knight

This small copper alloy figure of a knight on horseback, only 5cm tall, was found in Carlton in Lindrick, Nottinghamshire, in 2004. It is an early three-dimensional representation of a knight, and owing to his helmet and the style of his shield (kite-shaped) it is suggested to date from the 12th to 13th centuries. The exact purpose of the figurine is unknown - there is evidence for a fitting on the bottom of the piece, which suggests it was mounted on a larger item. However some have argued that it is a chess piece, as it bears a striking similarity to the Lewis Chessmen. The Carlton Knight is now on display in Bassetlaw Museum.

Photo Credit Portable Antiquities Scheme

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