The Carlton-in-Lindrick Knight by Unknown Artist

A very rare and beautiful 12th-century bronze figurine of a knight equipped for battle.


5 x 3.7 x 1.6 cm
Art Fund grant:
£10,000 ( Total: £34,000; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
Private dealer

The knight holds a kite-shaped shield in his right hand and the horse's reins in his left. He wears a conical helmet and surcoat, and the horse has a bridle, saddle cloth and caparison. Although images of the knight proliferate in this period, representations of equestrian knights in the round are rare and this piece provides an evocative insight into Medieval culture. Its exact function is unknown although it may have been made as decoration for a larger object.


Discovered in 2004 by a metal detectorist in Bassetlaw District, North Nottinghamshire and sold to a dealer; Offered through the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art.

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Bassetlaw Museum Amcott House, 40 Grove Street, Retford Nottinghamshire DN22 6LD 01777 713749

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