French; Saint–Guilhem–le–Déssert near Montpellier
Limestone; 14 3/16 x 12 3/4 in. (36 x 32.4 cm)
The Cloisters Collection, 1925 (25.120.127)
The sculptural decoration of the monastery of Saint-Guilhem-le-Déssert varies widely in date and type. This relief presents the arms of a powerful noble family in Provence. Linked to the legend of Saint Guilhem himself, the family became patrons of the abbey he founded.