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Memorial cross of provost Geldulfus

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 2169
Name Memorial cross of provost Geldulfus
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • Maastricht, St. Servaasbasiliek
Category
Type Tomb monument, tomb slab or floor slab (physical object)
Classification Cross
Short description Lead cross with an inscription
Remarks about category
General date
General date 1025-1075
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
Original institution(s)
Original institution [362] St. Servaaskapittel (Chapter of St Servatius), Maastricht
Arguments
  • the memorial object is still in the original institution
Specification The commemorated person was a provost at this church
Still in original institution? yes
Location inside the institution
In situ? no
(Probable) original location
  • location unknown
Argumentation
Related memorial objects in the same institution
Additional remarks (original location)
Additional remarks In 1702, the cross was discovered in the coffin of the provost in the nave of the church. Two hundred years later, in 1903, the cross was removed from the coffin.
Memorial piece
Function
Specification
Additional remarks
Memorial monument or floor slab
Function liturgical/religious
Grave findings
Additional remarks Unclear whether the cross was placed inside the coffin right from the outset and, thus, whether or not it had a public function
Original function
Change in function
Remarks about function
Name provost Geldulfus
Specification
Members of the commemorated party
Commemorated person(s)
  • [4441] provost Geldulfus (male)
Commemorated institution(s)
Relation between commemorated persons no relation (only one person mentioned/depicted)
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)
  • (semi-)precious metal(s)
Specification lead
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth 26 x 24 x 0
Completeness Largely complete
Condition In overall good condition
Conservation
Technical research
Specification (technical research)
Alterations
Alterations
Specification
Additional remarks
Provenance
Provenance
Marks of ownership
Type(s) of mark(s) of ownership
Specification
  • Nispen tot Sevenaer, E. van, De monumenten van geschiedenis van kunst V. De provincie Limburg. Eerste stuk: gemeente Maastricht, derde aflevering (’s-Gravenhage 1935), 433; no. 81
Other documentation
SKKN: inv. no. 13249-783, photo no. 132449-783_1
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Cross (front) of [2169] Memorial cross of provost Geldulfus

Indication of part
Indication of part Cross (front)
Short description
Short description Lead cross with an inscription
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 26 x 24 x 0
Date
Year ca.1025-1075
Specified date 10??/04/01
Argumentation
  • based on historical evidence (in literature)
  • date of death given on the object
Specification The inscription on the cross does not give a year of death. The provost is mentioned in a document of 1039.
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Maastricht, St. Servaasbasiliek
Collection
Collection identifier
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution The cross is located in the treasury ('dubbelkapel' or double chapel), in the upper chapel
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Inscriptions

Indication of part
Indication of part Cross (front)
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription upper section of the cross
Language(s)
Languages
  • Latin
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription Kalendis Aprilis obiit Geldulfus, humilis in Christo prepositus.
Translation
English translation On the calends of April died Geldulfus, humble provost in Christ.
Dutch translation Op de calendae van april stierf Geldulfus, nederige proost in Christus.
Lay–out
Lay-out Lombardic majuscules
Inscription mentioning
Name [4441] provost Geldulfus (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Additional remarks
Additional remarks The calends of April is April 1

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 4441
Personal details
Name provost Geldulfus
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death >1039
Additional remarks He lived in the 11th century (mentioned in a document of 1039). He died on April 1 in an unknown year.
Social standing
Status secular clergy
Arguments
  • according to literature
  • mentioned in the inscription
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy canon
Specification provost of the chapter of the St. Servaaskerk (St Servatius's Church) in Maastricht
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
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