Tomb Effigy of Jean d’Alluye, mid–13th century
French; Made in Loire Valley
Limestone; 83 1/2 x 34 1/4 in. (212.1 x 87 cm)
The Cloisters Collection, 1925 (25.120.201)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1. Tomb Effigy of Jean d’Alluye (photograph by palindrome6996/Flickr user)
2. A closer look at the sword (photograph by Allison Meier of atlasobscura.com)
3. (photograph by Qabluna/Flickr user)
Alec submitted to medievalpoc:
Saw this in person a while back and though it was pretty interesting that this person / his family thought the sword was important enough to put on his tomb effigy.
It also is pretty clear evidence for contact, at least indirectly (not that that’s in question) between China and France.
You can read an article about this sword here.