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Sarcophagus of unknown person(s)

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 1403
Name Sarcophagus of unknown person(s)
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • Vries, Nederlands Hervormde Kerk
Category
Type Tomb monument, tomb slab or floor slab (physical object)
Classification Sarcophagus (lid)
Short description Tapered stone chest and lid, the latter with two fields in which a cross staff and two crosiers, semi-circles in the centre and quarter-circles in the upper corners
Remarks about category
General date
General date 1050-1150
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
Original institution(s)
Original institution [78] St. Bonifatiuskerk (St Boniface's Church), Vries
Arguments
  • based on research (literature, archival or archaeological research)
Specification The chest and lid were discovered during the restoration of the church in 1948, outside the north wall
Still in original institution? probably yes
Location inside the institution
In situ? no
(Probable) original location
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; no information on possible other functions
Grave findings
Additional remarks No information is available about possible other functions, because only the lid of the sarcophagus remains. The chest and lid on the photograph do not belong together.
Original function
Change in function
Remarks about function
Name
Specification
Members of the commemorated party
Commemorated person(s)
Commemorated institution(s)
Relation between commemorated persons
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 red sandstone
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth 220 x 94 x 0
Completeness Both the chest and lid are largely complete (though not belonging together)
Condition The lid was broken into two parts. The parts are reattached but show a colour difference.
Conservation
Technical research
Specification (technical research)
Alterations
Alterations
Specification
Additional remarks The above-mentioned dimensions are those of the lid. Width: 94 cm at the top and 68 cm at the bottom. Height of the chest: 36-45 cm.
Provenance
Provenance
Marks of ownership
Type(s) of mark(s) of ownership
Specification
  • Kuiken, Kees, Zandstenen grafkisten in middeleeuws Drenthe, Nieuwe Drentse Volksalmanak 123 (2006), 153-170
  • Waslander, Christine; Homan, Peter, Dekselse graven. Noordnederlandse grafsculptuur in de elfde en twaalfde eeuw (Meppel 1991)
Other documentation
SKKN: inv. no. 13674-11
Additional remarks
Additional remarks • The sarcophagus still contained a skeleton when it was found in 1948. • The chest and lid do not belong together.• Information and photographs provided by Christine Waslander and Peter Homan (inv. no. II 51).

Sarcophagus (lid) of [1403] Sarcophagus of unknown person(s)

Indication of part
Indication of part Sarcophagus (lid)
Short description
Short description Tapered stone chest and lid, the latter with two fields in which a cross staff and two crosiers, semi-circles in the centre and quarter-circles in the upper corners
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 220 x 94 x 0
Date
Year 1050-1150
Specified date
Argumentation
  • based on stylistic research
Specification
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Vries, Nederlands Hervormde Kerk
Collection
Collection identifier
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution The chest and lid are located in the museum of the church, in the basement of the consistory
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Decorations

Indication of part
Indication of the part Sarcophagus (lid)
Type(s) of decoration(s)
Type(s) of decoration(s)
  • religious attribute or symbol
  • geometric pattern
Description of the decoration(s)
Description of the decoration(s) Lid: two crosiers of unequal length (upper field), a cross staff topped with a semi-circle (lower field), two semi-circles (centre) and quarter-circles (upper corners). Chest, interior: drove work, staves/columns in the corners, and crosiers and cross staves in the foot and head end.
Depicted allegories
Depicted allegories
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
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