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Sarcophagus lid of unknown persons

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 28
Name Sarcophagus lid of unknown persons
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • Holwierde, Nederlands Hervormde Kerk
Category
Type Tomb monument, tomb slab or floor slab (physical object)
Classification Sarcophagus (lid)
Short description Tapered stone lid with two figures embracing, and two angels lifting a soul to heaven in the upper compartment
Remarks about category
General date
General date 1150-1225
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
Original institution(s)
Original institution [85] St. Stevenskerk (St Stephen's Church), Holwierde
Arguments
  • the memorial object is still in the original institution
Specification
Still in original institution? probably yes
Location inside the institution
In situ?
(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 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. The exact composition of the group of commemorated persons is unknown.
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 nuclear family
Relation specification
Additional remarks The person on the right hand side may be holding a baby in her arms
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 blonde sandstone (Bentheim)
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth 230 x 75 x 0
Completeness The left edge and lower left corner are missing
Condition Eroded: no inscription visible
Conservation
Technical research
Specification (technical research)
Alterations
Alterations
Specification
Additional remarks
Provenance
Provenance The lid was unearthed circa 1965
Marks of ownership
Type(s) of mark(s) of ownership
Specification
  • Alma, Redmer, Portretzerken in Groningen, Groninger kerken 22 (2005), 105-108, 117-120, 105-106
Other documentation
SKKN: inv. no. 14441-12
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Sarcophagus (lid) of [28] Sarcophagus lid of unknown persons

Indication of part
Indication of part Sarcophagus (lid)
Short description
Short description Stone lid with two figures embracing, and two angels lifting a soul to heaven in the upper compartment
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 230 x 75 x 0
Date
Year 1150-1225
Specified date
Argumentation
  • based on stylistic research
Specification
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Holwierde, Nederlands Hervormde Kerk
Collection
Collection identifier
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution The lid is now located in the entrance hall
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Portraits

Indication of part
Indication of part Sarcophagus (lid)
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait on the left
Portrait of
Name
Sex
Argumentation
  • not identified
Specification The person depicted appears to be a man. He may be the husband of the woman.
Portrait — portraiture
Physical state of the portrayed person alive
Argumentation
Specification
Posture standing
Manner of portrayal
Portrait — clothing, attributes and insignia
Clothing
Type of clothing
Short description A gown reaching to the knees and either a type of hat upon his head or short hair curling up at the ends
Attributes
Attributes
Specification
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks The woman seems to lay her right hand on the chest of the man (description in SKKN inventory)
Indication of part
Indication of part Sarcophagus (lid)
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait on the right
Portrait of
Name
Sex
Argumentation
  • not identified
Specification Because of the dress length this person may represent a woman
Portrait — portraiture
Physical state of the portrayed person cannot be determined
Argumentation
Specification
Posture standing
Manner of portrayal
Portrait — clothing, attributes and insignia
Clothing
Type of clothing unknown
Short description The person wears an ankle-length robe or skirt and a jacket(?)
Attributes
Attributes
Specification
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks The man appears to have put his left arm around the woman's shoulder and his right arm across her breast to where her left hand probably is (description in SKKN inventory)

Decorations

Indication of part
Indication of the part Sarcophagus (lid)
Type(s) of decoration(s)
Type(s) of decoration(s)
  • human figures (incl. skeletons and skulls)
  • angels, putti or cherubs
  • flowers/plants
Description of the decoration(s)
Description of the decoration(s) In the upper compartment, above the portraits, two angels are lifting a human figure (a soul) to heaven.
Depicted allegories
Depicted allegories
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
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