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Floor slab of Mechteld Goossens (fragment(s))

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 2808
Name Floor slab of Mechteld Goossens (fragment(s))
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • 's-Hertogenbosch, St. Janskathedraal
Category
Type Tomb monument, tomb slab or floor slab (physical object)
Classification Tomb slab or floor slab
Short description Fragment of a stone slab with the symbols of St Catherine of Alexandria and an inscription along the edge
Remarks about category
General date
General date 1525-1550
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
Original institution(s)
Original institution [738] St. Nicolaaskerk (Begijnhofkerk) (St Nicholas' Church), 's-Hertogenbosch
Arguments
  • based on research (literature, archival or archaeological research)
Specification As a beguine Mechteld was probably buried in this church, which belonged to the local beguinage and was destroyed in 1701
Still in original institution? no
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; no information on possible other functions
Grave findings
Additional remarks 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 Mechteld Goossens
Specification
Members of the commemorated party
Commemorated person(s)
  • [5376] Mechteld Goossens (female)
Commemorated institution(s)
Relation between commemorated persons not applicable (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)
  • stone
Specification Meuse limestone
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth 70 x 78 x 0
Completeness Incomplete: only the upper part of the slab survives
Condition Somewhat 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
  • Oudheusden, J.A.F.M. van; Tummers, H. A. , De grafzerken van de Sint-Jan te ’s-Hertogenbosch, http://www.grafzerkensintjan.nl/default.aspx, 366
Other documentation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Tomb or floor slab (front) of [2808] Floor slab of Mechteld Goossens (fragment(s))

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Short description
Short description Fragment of a stone slab with the symbols of St Catherine of Alexandria and an inscription along the edge
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 70 x 78 x 0
Date
Year 1541
Specified date 1541/10/19
Argumentation
  • date of death given on the object
Specification
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution 's-Hertogenbosch, St. Janskathedraal
Collection
Collection identifier
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution The slab is situated in the south transept
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Inscriptions

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription probably along all four edges of the slab originally
Language(s)
Languages
  • Dutch
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription Hier leet begraven Mechtelt Goessens beghin [die sterft den 19 dag October 1541] bidt voor die ziel
Translation
English translation Here lies buried Mechteld Goossen, beguine, [who died on the 19th day of October 1541]. Pray for the soul.
Dutch translation
Lay–out
Lay-out Incised Gothic textualis lettering on a folded banderole
Inscription mentioning
Name [5376] Mechteld Goossens (female)
Sex female
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Additional remarks
Additional remarks Now incomplete inscription, but completed (with amendments) on the basis on the transcription in MS 1709, 143.1. The fragment shows an inscription along the top, right and left edges of the slab.

Decorations

Indication of part
Indication of the part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Type(s) of decoration(s)
Type(s) of decoration(s)
  • religious attributes or symbols
Description of the decoration(s)
Description of the decoration(s) Symbols of St Catherine of Alexandria, viz. two spiked wheels on stands and a sword across
Depicted allegories
Depicted allegories
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 5376
Personal details
Name Mechteld Goossens
Sex female
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death 1541/10/19
Additional remarks Mechteld was a daughter of Dirc Goessen. She is also referred to as Mechtelt Goessen Dircx van Vechel and is first mentioned in the accounts of the Illustrious Confraternity of Our Lady for 1487/8, when she joined as an ordinary member.
Social standing
Status member of a convent/religious order
Arguments
  • according to literature
  • mentioned in the inscription
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order Beguines
Specification Mechteld was a beguine at the Groot Begijnhof (Great Beguinage) in 's-Hertogenbosch
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
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