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Floor slab of Hessel van Abbema and Jel van Jelckema

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 199
Name Floor slab of Hessel van Abbema and Jel van Jelckema
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • Huizum, Dorpskerk
Category
Type Tomb monument, tomb slab or floor slab (physical object)
Classification Tomb slab or floor slab
Short description Stone slab with allied arms held by putti under a Renaissance arch with decorations, a worn inscription at the bottom, an inscription along the edge, and quatrefoils with allied arms in the corners
Remarks about category
General date
General date 1550-1575
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
  • Benedictus Gerbrants
Original institution(s)
Original institution [647] St. Johannes de Doperkerk (St John the Baptist's Church), Huizum
Arguments
  • the memorial object is still in the original institution
Specification Hessel lived in Huizum, based on several legal records that have remained
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. • No information is available about possible other functions, because the object is too damaged or no photograph is available.
Original function
Change in function
Remarks about function
Name Hessel van Abbinga (Abbema) and Jel van Meskenwier (Jelckema)
Specification
Members of the commemorated party
Commemorated person(s)
  • [217] Jel van Meskenwier (Jelckema) (female)
  • [216] Hessel van Abbinga (Abbema) (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 blue limestone
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth 234 x 131 x 0
Completeness Largely complete: minor losses along the edges
Condition In overall good condition. However, the inscription at the bottom (on the fictive drapery) is 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
  • Leeman, Fred; Vos, Rik, Het nieuwe ornament ('s Gravenhage 1986), 139
  • Walle, Hessel de, Friezen uit vroeger eeuwen; Opschriften uit Friesland, 1280-1811 (Franeker 2007), 444
  • 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 Information provided by Meindert Tangerman

Tomb or floor slab (front) of [199] Floor slab of Hessel van Abbema and Jel van Jelckema

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Short description
Short description Stone slab with allied arms held by putti under a Renaissance arch with decorations, a worn inscription at the bottom, an inscription along the edge, and quatrefoils with allied arms in the corners
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth
Date
Year 1554
Specified date
Argumentation
  • date given on the object (not date of death)
Specification At the top of the slab: '[.] 1554 G'
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Huizum, Dorpskerk
Collection
Collection identifier
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution The slab is located in the nave of the church, near the pulpit
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Identity
Name Benedictus Gerbrants
Attribution
  • signature
Specification At the top of the slab: '[.] 1554 G'
Assignment
Role not specified
Specification
Additional remarks
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Heraldry

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry in the centre of the slab, 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 per pale, I: a demi fleur-de-lys; II: a clover leaf (gedeeld, I: een halve lelie; II: een klaverblad)
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling) crest: an issuant ox (helmteken: een uitkomende os)
Remarks
Additional parts of the achievement
Type of supporter
  • One or two mythical figures (angels or putti)
Specification Three putti
Motto
English translation of the motto
Insignia or attributes
Heraldry belonging to
Heraldry belonging to Abbema / Abbinga van Huizum
Person details
Person details
  • [216] Hessel van Abbinga (Abbema) (male)
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry in the centre of the slab, 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, I: the Friesian eagle; II: a crescent, in chief a six-pointed star (gedeeld, I: de Friese adelaar; II: een wassenaar, boven vergezeld van een zespuntige ster)
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling)
Remarks
Additional parts of the achievement
Type of supporter
  • One or two mythical figures (angels or putti)
Specification Three putti
Motto
English translation of the motto
Insignia or attributes
Heraldry belonging to
Heraldry belonging to Jelckema / Meskenwier
Person details
Person details
  • [217] Jel van Meskenwier (Jelckema) (female)
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry 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 per pale, I: a demi fleur-de-lys; II: a clover leaf (gedeeld, I: een halve lelie; II: een klaverblad)
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 Abbema / Abbinga van Huizum
Person details
Person details
Additional remarks
Additional remarks Heraldry referring to Hessel's paternal grandfather
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry 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 per pale, I: the Frisian eagle; II: two quintfoils in pale (gedeeld, I: de Friese adelaar; II: twee vijfbladige bloemen onder elkaar)
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 Oenema
Person details
Person details
Additional remarks
Additional remarks Heraldry referring to Hessel's paternal grandmother
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry 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 per pale, I: the Friesian eagle; II: a crescent, in chief a six-pointed star (gedeeld, I: de Friese adelaar; II: een wassenaar, boven vergezeld van een zespuntige ster)
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 Jelckema / Meskenwier
Person details
Person details
Additional remarks
Additional remarks Heraldry referring to Jel's paternal grandfather
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry 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 garb (een korenschoof)
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 Aytta
Person details
Person details
Additional remarks
Additional remarks Heraldry referring to Jel's paternal grandmother
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry 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 quarterly, I and IV: a lion; II and III: three acorns, the stems under, 2-1 (gevierendeeld, I and IV: een leeuw; II en III: drie eikels, de stelen onder, 2-1)
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 Harinxma
Person details
Person details
Additional remarks
Additional remarks Heraldry referring to Hessel's maternal grandfather
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry 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, I: the Friesian eagle; II: a comb, a six-pointed star and a wheel in pale (gedeeld, I: de Friese adelaar; II: een kam, een zespuntige ster en een rad boven elkaar)
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 Camstra
Person details
Person details
Additional remarks
Additional remarks Heraldry referring to Hessel's maternal grandmother
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry 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 per pale, I: the Friesian eagle; II: per fess, A: a six-pointed star; B: a rose (gedeeld, I: de Friese adelaar; II: doorsneden, A: een zespuntige ster; B: een roos)
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 Juckema
Person details
Person details
Additional remarks
Additional remarks Heraldry referring to Jel's maternal grandfather
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry 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 a lion (een leeuw)
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 Harinxma van Donia
Person details
Person details
Additional remarks
Additional remarks Heraldry referring to Jel's maternal grandmother

Inscriptions

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 Stat[us?] cad[...] [...]re scens / et subli [...] nis abit / arvit ac [...] oru / exol [...] [...]a.
Translation
English translation
Dutch translation
Lay–out
Lay-out Roman majuscules
Inscription mentioning
Additional remarks
Additional remarks The inscription is worn; the transcription is provisional.
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 MVc ende L, den XV dach aprilis, sterf den erntfesten heerscip Hessel van Abbingha. Int jaer Ons [Heren] MVc ende XLVI, den XXVIJ novembris, sterf die eerbare juffrow Jel van Metselwier, syn wyf.
Translation
English translation In the year of Our Lord 1550, the 15th day of April, died the venerable lord Hessel van Abbinga. In the year of Our Lord 1546, the 27th of November, died the honourable mistress Jel van Meskenwier, his wife.
Dutch translation
Lay–out
Lay-out Gothic textualis
Inscription mentioning
Name [217] Jel van Meskenwier (Jelckema) (female)
Sex female
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Name [216] Hessel van Abbinga (Abbema) (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Additional remarks
Additional remarks Historical variations on the place name Meskenwier: Metsewier, Mets(e)lawier, Metsingawier etc.

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
  • mask(s)
  • scrollwork and/or strapwork
  • animals (pets/other)
  • draperies
  • angels, putti or cherubs
  • fruit
  • flowers/plants
  • mythical figures and/or creatures
Description of the decoration(s)
Description of the decoration(s) At the upper left and right: a putto holding a (water) jug; a herm holding two snakes with knotted tails, flanked by gamecocks; draperies
Depicted allegories
Depicted allegories
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 216
Personal details
Name Hessel van Abbinga (Abbema)
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death 1550/04/15
Additional remarks Son of Keimpe van Abbema and Hielkje van Harinxma. Hessel was married to Jel van Jelckema. He was buried as Hessel van Abbinga.
Social standing
Status nobility
Arguments
  • mentioned in the inscription
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 217
Personal details
Name Jel van Meskenwier (Jelckema)
Sex female
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death 1546/11/27
Additional remarks Born in the hamlet of Meskenwier. Daughter of Wiebe Jarigs van Jelckema and Tietje Lieuwes Juckema. Jel was married to Hessel van Abbema. She was buried as Jel van Meskenwier.
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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