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Tomb slab of Christoff Karls Köppener

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 449
Name Tomb slab of Christoff Karls Köppener
Holding institution(s)
Holding institution(s)
  • Franeker, Martinikerk
Category
Type Tomb monument, tomb slab or floor slab (physical object)
Classification Tomb slab or floor slab
Short description Raised stone slab with the effigy of a knight in relief on the right, a coat of arms on the left, and an inscription on the chamfered edge
Remarks about category The inscription on the chamfered edge shows that this slab served as a tomb cover of a raised tomb, i.e. it was not laid flush with the church floor
General date
General date 1475-1525
Artist(s)
Artist(s)
Original institution(s)
Original institution [44] St. Martinikerk (St Martin's Church), Franeker
Arguments
  • the memorial object is still in the original institution
Specification
Still in original institution? 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
Grave findings
Additional remarks
Original function
Change in function
Remarks about function
Name Cristoff Karls (Christoff Karls Köppener)
Specification
Members of the commemorated party
Commemorated person(s)
  • [658] Cristoff Karls (Christoff Karls Köppener) (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 sandstone
Traces of polychromy? Painted letters
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth 202 x 97 x 16
Completeness
Condition In overall good condition
Conservation
Technical research
Specification (technical research)
Alterations
Alterations
Specification
Additional remarks Inside dimensions: 192 x 87 cm
Provenance
Provenance
Marks of ownership
Type(s) of mark(s) of ownership
Specification
  • Walle, Hessel de, Friezen uit vroeger eeuwen; Opschriften uit Friesland, 1280-1811 (Franeker 2007), 241; no. 1635
  • Zandveld, Frits, Register van grafzerken in de Martinikerk te Franeker, http://members.home.nl/frits.zandveld/zerken/zplatte.htm; no. 141
Other documentation
Register G. van der Heide (1993): record 141
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Tomb or floor slab (front) of [449] Tomb slab of Christoff Karls Köppener

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Short description
Short description Raised stone slab with the effigy of a knight in relief on the right, a coat of arms on the left, and an inscription on the chamfered edge
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth
Date
Year 1500
Specified date 1500/12/28
Argumentation
  • date of death given on the object
Specification
Additional remarks Zandveld mentions that this is one of the few surviving tangible souvenirs of the Saxon period in Friesland (1498-1515).
Holding institution
Holding institution Franeker, Martinikerk
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 ambulatory, east side, near columns 15 and 16 (groundplan Cannegieter and Zandveld)
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Filiation
Filiation
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Portraits

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the portrait
Place of the portrait right half of the slab
Portrait of
Name Cristoff Karls (Christoff Karls Köppener)
Sex male
Argumentation
  • based on text(s) on the memorial object
Specification
Portrait — portraiture
Physical state of the portrayed person cannot be determined
Argumentation
Specification
Posture recumbent
Manner of portrayal folded hands
Portrait — clothing, attributes and insignia
Clothing
Type of clothing armour
Short description
Attributes
Attributes
  • sword
Specification
Insignia
Insignia
Specification
Remarks about clothing
Additional remarks

Heraldry

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry left half of the slab
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry Personal use of family arms (one undivided shield)
Specification
Shape of the shield Early renaissance shield
Specification
Description of the shield an embowed fish fesswise (een gebogen vis, dwarsbalksgewijs geplaatst)
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling) crest: the embowed fish contourny in front of a palmtree (helmteken: de gebogen vis omgewend voor een palmboom)
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 Köppener?
Person details
Person details
  • [658] Cristoff Karls (Christoff Karls Köppener) (male)
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Inscriptions

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription on the chamfered edge
Language(s)
Languages
  • Dutch
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription Int jaer ons Heren MVc starf der gestreng ende vhest Cristoff Karls, gheboren in Myessen, opten maendach na karsdach is hij bleven, des gheef hem God dat ewich leven, amen.
Translation
English translation In the year of our Lord 1500 died the distinguished and venerable Christoff Karls, born in Meissen, on the Monday after Christmas he died, for which God grant him eternal life, amen.
Dutch translation
Lay–out
Lay-out Gothic textualis
Inscription mentioning
Name [658] Cristoff Karls (Christoff Karls Köppener) (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Additional remarks
Additional remarks • Meissen is a town in Saxony, Germany. • In 1500, the Monday after Christmas was 28 December.

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 658
Personal details
Name Cristoff Karls (Christoff Karls Köppener)
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death 1500/12/28
Additional remarks Köppener originated from Meissen in Saxony, Germany. According to Zandveld, he came to Franeker as chancellor in March 1500 along with (among others) Gunther von Bunau at the invitation of count-stadtholder Hugo von Leysenick.
Social standing
Status patriciate
Arguments
  • according to literature
Specification chancellor
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
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