The tomb effigy is of Jean d'Alluye, a French knight of the thirteenth century. When he died in 1248, he was buried at the abbey he had founded—La Clarté-Dieu near Tours in northwestern France. This type of effigy, showing the deceased lying atop his tomb, is known as a gisant. The knight holds his hands in prayer, and his expression is one of deep contemplation. Medieval knights combined Christian and military ideals and aspired to the virtues of piety, loyalty, and honor.