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Floor slab of Janke van Unema and Teth Wyboltsma

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 107
Name Floor slab of Janke van Unema and Teth Wyboltsma
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • Blija, St. Nicolaaskerk
Category
Type Tomb monument, tomb slab or floor slab (physical object)
Classification Tomb slab or floor slab
Short description Stone slab with the effigy of a knight holding a (heraldic) shield, standing inside a Renaissance niche, allied arms and decorations above, an inscription below, an inscription along the edge, and quatrefoils with allied arms in the corners
Remarks about category
General date
General date 1500-1550
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
  • Vincent Lucas
Original institution(s)
Original institution [158] St. Nicolaaskerk (St Nicholas's Church), Blija
Arguments
  • the memorial object is still in the original institution
Specification The Van Unema family lived in the village of Blija, in a so-called 'stins' (estate)
Still in original institution? probably yes
Location inside the institution
In situ?
(Probable) original location
  • in the church/chapel (exact location unknown)
Argumentation
Related memorial objects in the same institution
Additional remarks (original location)
Additional remarks
Memorial piece
Function
Specification
Additional remarks
Memorial monument or floor slab
Function liturgical/religious and social
Grave findings
Additional remarks Commemorated on the object are a married couple, (members of) a nuclear family or (members of) an extended family
Original function
Change in function
Remarks about function
Name Janke van Unema and Teth Wyboltsma
Specification
Members of the commemorated party
Commemorated person(s)
  • [93] Teth Wyboltsma (female)
  • [92] Janke van Unema (male)
Commemorated institution(s)
Relation between commemorated persons married couple
Relation specification
Additional remarks
Name
Composition of the commissioning party
Specification
Members of the commissioning party
Commissioning person(s)
Commissioning Institution(s)
Relation between commissioning party and commemorated party
Relation specification
Additional remarks
Material(s)
  • stone
Specification
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth
Completeness Complete
Condition Good condition, although some of the allied arms are worn
Conservation
Technical research
Specification (technical research)
Alterations
Alterations
Specification
Additional remarks
Provenance
Provenance
Marks of ownership
Type(s) of mark(s) of ownership
Specification
  • , Janke van Unema, http://www.dbnl.org/tekst/aa__001biog22_01/aa__001biog22_01_0637.php#t0622
  • Berg, Herma van den, De Nederlandse Monumenten van Geschiedenis en Kunst, De provincie Friesland, Noordelijk Oostergo, Ferweradeel (’s Gravenhage 1981), 65, 73
  • Vos, Rik; Leeman, Fred, Het nieuwe ornament ('s Gravenhage 1986), 135
  • Walle, Hessel de, Friezen uit vroeger eeuwen; Opschriften uit Friesland, 1280-1811 (Franeker 2007), 70
  • Wierstra, Simon, Genealogische bestanden van de oude Friese adel en aanverwante families tot 1800, http://www.simonwierstra.nl/index6.htm
Other documentation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks The Fries Museum in Leeuwarden is in possession of a drawing of the slab by Albert Martin

Tomb or floor slab (front) of [107] Floor slab of Janke van Unema and Teth Wyboltsma

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Short description
Short description Stone slab with the effigy of a knight holding a (heraldic) shield, standing inside a Renaissance niche, allied arms and decorations above, an inscription below, an inscription along the edge, and quatrefoils with allied arms in the corners
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth
Date
Year 1552
Specified date
Argumentation
  • date given on the object (not date of death)
Specification At the top of the slab: '15 Vincent Lucas 52'
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Blija, St. Nicolaaskerk
Collection
Collection identifier
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Identity
Name Vincent Lucas
Attribution
  • signature
Specification At the top of the slab: '15 Vincent Lucas 52'
Assignment
Role
Specification
Additional remarks
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Portraits

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait in the centre of the slab
Portrait of
Name Janke van Unema
Sex male
Argumentation
  • based on heraldry on the memorial object
  • based on text(s) on the memorial object
Specification
Portrait — portraiture
Physical state of the portrayed person alive
Argumentation
Specification
Posture standing
Manner of portrayal standing inside a Renaissance niche
Portrait — clothing, attributes and insignia
Clothing
Type of clothing aristocratic/noble attire
Short description a suit of armour decorated with masks; chain mail; a cape; a helmet
Attributes
Attributes
  • sword
  • shield
Specification a (heraldic) shield in his left hand; a halberd in his right hand; a sword behind his back
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks Janke van Unema is depicted as a knight. A piece of drapery is held up behind him.

Heraldry

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry in the central field, held by the knight
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry Personal use of family arms (one undivided shield)
Specification
Shape of the shield Late renaissance shield
Specification
Description of the shield a fleur de lys from which wheat ears (een lelie waaruit komende korenaren)
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling)
Remarks
Additional parts of the achievement
Type of supporter
  • Other (guige or band, tree, branch)
Specification Hanging from a guige held by the knight
Motto
English translation of the motto
Insignia or attributes
Heraldry belonging to
Heraldry belonging to Van Unema
Person details
Person details
  • [92] Janke van Unema (male)
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry above the knight, on the left
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry Allied arms (2 coats of arms in 2 shields, respecting each other)
Specification
Shape of the shield Late renaissance shield
Specification
Description of the shield a fleur de lys from which wheat ears (een lelie waaruit komende korenaren)
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling) crest: a fleur de lys (helmteken: een lelie)
Remarks
Additional parts of the achievement
Type of supporter
Specification
Motto
English translation of the motto
Insignia or attributes
Heraldry belonging to
Heraldry belonging to Van Unema
Person details
Person details
  • [92] Janke van Unema (male)
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry above the knight, on the right
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry Allied arms (2 coats of arms in 2 shields, respecting each other)
Specification
Shape of the shield Lozenge shield
Specification
Description of the shield per pale, I: a reversed wing; II: a wing (gedeeld, I: een omgewende halve vlucht; II: een halve vlucht)
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling)
Remarks
Additional parts of the achievement
Type of supporter
Specification
Motto
English translation of the motto
Insignia or attributes
Heraldry belonging to
Heraldry belonging to Wyboltsma
Person details
Person details
  • [93] Teth Wyboltsma (female)
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry in the upper left corner, left shield
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry Allied arms (2 coats of arms in 2 shields, respecting each other)
Specification
Shape of the shield Late renaissance shield
Specification
Description of the shield a fleur de lys (een lelie)
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling)
Remarks
Additional parts of the achievement
Type of supporter
  • Other (guige or band, tree, branch)
Specification A guige
Motto
English translation of the motto
Insignia or attributes
Heraldry belonging to
Heraldry belonging to Van Unema
Person details
Person details
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry in the upper left corner, right shield
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry Allied arms (2 coats of arms in 2 shields, respecting each other)
Specification
Shape of the shield Lozenge shield
Specification
Description of the shield a sword (een zwaard)
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling)
Remarks
Additional parts of the achievement
Type of supporter
  • Other (guige or band, tree, branch)
Specification A guige
Motto
English translation of the motto
Insignia or attributes
Heraldry belonging to
Heraldry belonging to
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry in the lower left corner, left shield
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry Allied arms (2 coats of arms in 2 shields, respecting each other)
Specification
Shape of the shield Late renaissance shield
Specification
Description of the shield unclear (onduidelijk)
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling)
Remarks
Additional parts of the achievement
Type of supporter
  • Other (guige or band, tree, branch)
Specification A guige
Motto
English translation of the motto
Insignia or attributes
Heraldry belonging to
Heraldry belonging to
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry in the lower left corner, right shield
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry Allied arms (2 coats of arms in 2 shields, respecting each other)
Specification
Shape of the shield Lozenge shield
Specification
Description of the shield a lion (een leeuw)
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling)
Remarks
Additional parts of the achievement
Type of supporter
  • Other (guige or band, tree, branch)
Specification A guige
Motto
English translation of the motto
Insignia or attributes
Heraldry belonging to
Heraldry belonging to
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry in the upper right corner, left shield
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry Allied arms (2 coats of arms in 2 shields, respecting each other)
Specification
Shape of the shield Late renaissance shield
Specification
Description of the shield unclear (onduidelijk)
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling)
Remarks
Additional parts of the achievement
Type of supporter
  • Other (guige or band, tree, branch)
Specification A guige
Motto
English translation of the motto
Insignia or attributes
Heraldry belonging to
Heraldry belonging to
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry in the upper right corner, right shield
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry Allied arms (2 coats of arms in 2 shields, respecting each other)
Specification
Shape of the shield Lozenge shield
Specification
Description of the shield per pale; unclear (gedeeld; onduidelijk)
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling)
Remarks
Additional parts of the achievement
Type of supporter
  • Other (guige or band, tree, branch)
Specification A guige
Motto
English translation of the motto
Insignia or attributes
Heraldry belonging to
Heraldry belonging to
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry in the lower right corner, left shield
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry Allied arms (2 coats of arms in 2 shields, respecting each other)
Specification
Shape of the shield Late renaissance shield
Specification
Description of the shield three charges, 2-1 (drie wapenstukken, 2-1)
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling)
Remarks
Additional parts of the achievement
Type of supporter
  • Other (guige or band, tree, branch)
Specification A guige
Motto
English translation of the motto
Insignia or attributes
Heraldry belonging to
Heraldry belonging to
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry in the lower right corner, right shield
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry Allied arms (2 coats of arms in 2 shields, respecting each other)
Specification
Shape of the shield Lozenge shield
Specification
Description of the shield unclear (onduidelijk)
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling)
Remarks
Additional parts of the achievement
Type of supporter
  • Other (guige or band, tree, branch)
Specification A guige
Motto
English translation of the motto
Insignia or attributes
Heraldry belonging to
Heraldry belonging to
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Inscriptions

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription along all four edges of the slab
Language(s)
Languages
  • Dutch
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription Int jaer ons heren MVcXL den XIII novembris, sterf den e[e]delen, eerentvesten herschap Janke van Uunema ende Tet [...] sijn wijf sterf int jaer MVcXXXI den II octobris. Hier begraven.
Translation
English translation In the year of our Lord 1540 the 13th November, died the noble, honourable lordship Janke van Unema and Teth [...], his wife, died in the year 1532 the 2nd October. Buried here.
Dutch translation
Lay–out
Lay-out Raised Roman majuscules
Inscription mentioning
Name [93] Teth Wyboltsma (female)
Sex female
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Name [92] Janke van Unema (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription at the bottom of the slab (on fictive drapery)
Language(s)
Languages
  • Latin
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription Non intres in iudicio cum servo tuo, quia non iustificabitur in conspectu tuo omnis vivens. Psalm: 142.
Translation
English translation And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight no man living shall be justified.
Dutch translation Daag uw dienaar niet voor het gerecht, want voor u is geen sterveling onschuldig.
Lay–out
Lay-out Raised Roman majuscules
Inscription mentioning
Additional remarks
Additional remarks The text is taken from Psalm 142: 2 (Psalm 143 in the modern-day Bible)

Decorations

Indication of part
Indication of the part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Type(s) of decoration(s)
Type(s) of decoration(s)
  • architectural decorations
  • human figures (incl. skeletons and skulls)
  • fruit
  • animals (pets/other)
  • mask(s)
  • draperies
  • mythical figures and/or creatures
Description of the decoration(s)
Description of the decoration(s) Grotesque decorations (herms, animals and fruit) on two bases which are surmounted by Corinthian columns. The top of the niche shows satyrs, draperies, fruit, Roman soldiers, women, and animals.
Depicted allegories
Depicted allegories
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 92
Personal details
Name Janke van Unema
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death 1540/11/13
Additional remarks He was married to Teth Wyboltsma. Janke was at odds with the Duke of Saxony.
Social standing
Status nobility
Arguments
  • mentioned in the inscription
  • clothing of the portrayed person
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Personal identification number
Personal identification number 93
Personal details
Name Teth Wyboltsma
Sex female
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death 1532/10/02
Additional remarks She was married to Janke van Unema
Social standing
Status
Arguments
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
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