MEDIEVAL SCULPTOR, German
(active 1230-1240 in Bamberg)

Bamberg Rider

1230-35
Sandstone, height 236 cm
Cathedral, Bamberg

This mounted king, known as the Bamberger Reiter, is on the first pillar of the north side of the St George's Choir in Bamberg Cathedral.

There is a seriousness reflected in this statue (and in others at Bamberg and Naumburg). This is a consequence of the feudal way of life: things may go well or ill for individuals, but nothing must disturb a society ordained by God and devoted to his service.




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