Huge Medieval Crusade Knight Templar Recumbent Lion Wall Sculpture
This incredible knightly wall sculpture is sure to make a lasting impression! At a whopping 167.5 cm high in size, this huge Medieval Crusade Knight Templar with Recumbent Lion is a surefire showstopper to spruce up any wall. Lions have long been a sign of strength and power - so show yours off with this majestically unique sculpture!
- Subject medieval Knight of the Knights Templar, standing with his hands together in the praying holy position, he has his sword by his side in full armour, he is standing on a recumbent lion.
- This is such a curious & unusual also a highly collectible & an amazing conversation piece to your guests.
- The knight and lion in low relief have been sculptured from out of thin brass metal sheets that have been placed together forming the image of the Knight, set on fibreglass backing with a plaster over wood frame.
- Impressive tall size standing at 167.5cm height of frame approximate.
- Such master fine craftsmanship.
- Very finely modelled and beautifully hand made.
- Circa late 20th century.
- The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (Latin: Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Salomonici), also known as the Order of Solomon's Temple, the Knights Templar, or simply the Templars, was a Catholic military order, one of the most wealthy and popular military orders in Western Christianity. They were founded in 1119, headquartered on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and existed for nearly two centuries during the Middle Ages.
- Officially endorsed by the Roman Catholic Church by such decrees as the papal bull Omne datum optimum of Pope Innocent II, the Templars became a favored charity throughout Christendom and grew rapidly in membership and power. Templar knights, in their distinctive white mantles with a red cross, were amongst the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades.
- They were prominent in Christian finance; non-combatant members of the order, who made up as much as 90% of their members, managed a large economic infrastructure throughout Christendom. They developed innovative financial techniques that were an early form of banking, building a network of nearly 1,000 commanderies and fortifications across Europe and the Holy Land, and arguably forming the world's first multinational corporation.
- The Templars were closely tied to the Crusades; as they became unable to secure their holdings in the Holy Land, support for the order faded. Rumours about the Templars' secret initiation ceremony created distrust, and King Philip IV of France, while being deeply in debt to the order, used this distrust to take advantage of the situation. In 1307, he pressured Pope Clement to have many of the order's members in France arrested, tortured into giving false confessions, and then burned at the stake. Under further pressure, Pope Clement V disbanded the order in 1312. The abrupt disappearance of a major part of the medieval European infrastructure gave rise to speculation and legends, which have kept the "Templar" name alive into the present day.
- Condition report.
- Offered in fine used patina having some noticeable chips, stains and scuffs, scratches in places to the frame commensurate with usage & age.
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Dimensions in centimetres of frame approximate
Height 167.5 cm
Width 56 cm
Depth 4.5 cm