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Sarcophagus lid of Ratger (fragment(s))

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 3738
Name Sarcophagus lid of Ratger (fragment(s))
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • Utrecht, Centraal Museum
Category
Type Tomb monument, tomb slab or floor slab (physical object)
Classification Sarcophagus (lid)
Short description Fragments of a rectangular stone lid with an inscription and crosses
Remarks about category
General date
General date 800-1000
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
Original institution(s)
Original institution [32] St. Salvatorkerk (Oudmunster) (St Saviour's Church), Utrecht
Arguments
  • based on research (literature, archival or archaeological research)
Specification Possible original institution. On 17 July 1933, the lid was discovered beneath the pavement of the Domplein, between the former St. Salvatorkerk and Heilige Kruiskapel (Chapel of the Holy Cross). Excavations at the Domplein executed by Van Giffen (see Literature).
Still in original institution? no
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; 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 sarcophagus lid
Change in function
Remarks about function
Name Ratger
Specification
Members of the commemorated party
Commemorated person(s)
  • [6956] Ratger (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)
  • stone
Specification blonde limestone
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth 58 x 180 x 15
Completeness Incomplete: four fragments
Condition Reasonable. The right-hand side is worn.
Conservation
Technical research
Specification (technical research)
Alterations
Alterations
Specification
Additional remarks
Provenance
Provenance St. Salvatorkerk?, Utrecht; Centraal Museum, Utrecht (since 1933)
Marks of ownership
Type(s) of mark(s) of ownership
Specification
  • Hoorn, G. van; Vollgraff, C.W.; Giffen, A.E. van, Opgravingen op het Domplein te Utrecht: wetenschappelijke verslagen (Haarlem 1934); pt. 2, 67-71
  • Vliet, Kaj van, In kringen van kanunniken. Munsters en kapittels in het bisdom Utrecht 695-1227 (Zutphen 2002), 85; note 348
Other documentation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Sarcophagus (lid) of [3738] Sarcophagus lid of Ratger (fragment(s))

Indication of part
Indication of part Sarcophagus (lid)
Short description
Short description Fragments of a rectangular stone lid with an inscription and crosses
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 58 x 180 x 15
Date
Year 800-1000
Specified date ????/03/17
Argumentation
  • date of death given on the object
  • based on stylistic research
Specification The year of death is not mentioned in the inscription
Additional remarks
Holding institution
Holding institution Utrecht, Centraal Museum
Collection
Collection identifier
Online description link
Alternative or previous collections
Alternative of previous identifiers
Accessibility
Remarks about holding institution
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Inscriptions

Indication of part
Indication of part Sarcophagus (lid)
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription across the lid
Language(s)
Languages
  • Latin
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription sortis adesto mem[or, legis ha]ec quicumque viator / siste gradum titul[o, celsa/caela p]etens animo / Ratger miles erat c[larus], dum carne manebat; / qui mixtus fragili nu[nc humu]s est cineri / is bis octonis Aprili[s] ab orbe K[a]lendis / huic cedens luci cl[au]stra s[u]bit tumuli / posce cui veniam, [ne tollat c]ulpa coronam / quo cum Christo h[abeat viv]ere perpetuum.
Translation
English translation
Dutch translation
Lay–out
Lay-out Roman majuscules
Inscription mentioning
Name [6956] Ratger (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Additional remarks
Additional remarks Transcription taken from Van Giffen et al. The bracketed words are now missing. The text is written in Leonine verse, see Van Giffen et al., p. 70-71.

Decorations

Indication of part
Indication of the part Sarcophagus (lid)
Type(s) of decoration(s)
Type(s) of decoration(s)
Description of the decoration(s)
Description of the decoration(s) Lines 1, 3, 5 and 7 of the inscription are preceded by (different) crosses
Depicted allegories
Depicted allegories
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 6956
Personal details
Name Ratger
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death
Additional remarks According to the inscription, he was a 'miles', i.e. a soldier or armed horseman. Ratger probably lived in the 9th or 10th century and died on March 17.
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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