p46, The Pictorial Arts of the West, 800-1200, Volume 27 By Charles Reginald Dodwell
Donor portrait in the church of St. Benedict in Mals, South Tyrol, east-wall, between the three apsidal niches, "on the north side a personage in secular dress, bare-headed, holding his sword with both hands."
From: G. B. Ladner, Images and Ideas in the Middle Ages: Selected Studies in History and Art, 1983, p. 158. Source
Malles, chiesa di san benedetto, ritratto del fondatore della chiesa, affresco IX secolo
Referenced on p.21, Carolingian Cavalryman AD 768-986 by D. Nicolle
Amongst fragmentary wall paintings in a church high in the Italian Alps, is this 9th-century illustration of a man holding a sheathed sword with a sword-belt or baldric wrapped around the scabbard. He is thought to represent a 'donor figure'. (Oratory of San Benedetto, Malles Venosta, Italy)