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A figure appearing on the Modena Archivolt frieze.

In the context of the carving, it appears that Burmalt serves Mardoc of the Dolorous Tower, and that he is guarding one of the bridges leading into Mardoc’s fortress. Mardoc has kidnapped Guenevere, and Burmalt is holding the bridge against Arthur and his knights.

Meanwhile, however, Gawaine is crossing the other bridge and effecting a rescue.

Richard Barber (King, 31) thought Burmalt identical to Durmart of French romance.

The Modena Archivolt (Italian sculpture) | 1120-1140