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Floor slab of Gaets van Aylva and her sons Rienck and Keimpe van Gratinga

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MeMO memorial object ID and name
MeMO memorial object ID 456
Name Floor slab of Gaets van Aylva and her sons Rienck and Keimpe van Gratinga
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 Stone slab with a heraldic shield hanging from a sunlike mask in the central field, an inscription along the edge, and shields with letters held by angels in the corners
Remarks about category
General date
General date 1500-1550
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? probably 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 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: see Commemorated party
Original function
Change in function
Remarks about function
Name Gautz Aelwa (Gaets van Aylva) and her sons Renick and Kempo (Rienck and Keimpe van Gratinga)
Specification
Members of the commemorated party
Commemorated person(s)
  • [668] Renick (Rienk van Gratinga) (male)
  • [666] Gautz Aelwa (Gaets van Aylva) (female)
  • [669] Kempo (Keimpe van Gratinga) (male)
Commemorated institution(s)
Relation between commemorated persons nuclear family
Relation specification a mother with two sons
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 blue limestone
Traces of polychromy?
Reuse of older objects
Dimensions (cm)
Height x width x depth 218 x 124 x 0
Completeness Incomplete: the upper right corner is missing
Condition The slab's right-hand side is 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
  • Walle, Hessel de, Friezen uit vroeger eeuwen; Opschriften uit Friesland, 1280-1811 (Franeker 2007), 242; no. 1643
  • Wierstra, Simon, Genealogische bestanden van de oude Friese adel en aanverwante families tot 1800, http://www.simonwierstra.nl/index6.htm
  • Zandveld, Frits, Register van grafzerken in de Martinikerk te Franeker, http://members.home.nl/frits.zandveld/zerken/zplatte.htm; no. 313
Other documentation
Register G. van der Heide (1993): record 313
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Tomb or floor slab (front) of [456] Floor slab of Gaets van Aylva and her sons Rienck and Keimpe van Gratinga

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Short description
Short description Stone slab with a heraldic shield hanging from a sunlike mask in the central field, an inscription along the edge, and shields with letters held by angels in the corners
Dimensions (cm)
Height x Width x Depth 218 x 124 x 0
Date
Year 1523
Specified date 1523/01/06
Argumentation
  • date of death given on the object
Specification
Additional remarks
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 choir, south side
Contract
Contract
Artist(s)
Filiation
Filiation Ydt van Gratinga, the daughter of Gaets and the sister of Rienck and Keimpe, was buried in Jorwerd, see MeMO Memorial Object ID 201
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Heraldry

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry in the corners of the slab
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry
Specification
Shape of the shield
Specification combination of an early renaissance and a late gothic shield
Description of the shield The three (original four) shields show letters, which form the initials of Sicke van Gratinga and Gaets van Aylva: the 'S' in the upper left corner, the 'G' in the lower left corners, most probably a 'G' in the upper right corner, and a 'A' in the lower right corner. The initials of the couple can be read from top to bottom as well as from left to right.
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling)
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
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of heraldry
Place of heraldry in the central field of the slab
Specification of heraldry
Type of heraldry Personal use of family arms (one undivided shield)
Specification
Shape of the shield Late renaissance shield
Specification
Description of the shield per pale, I: the Friesian eagle; II: a six-pointed star, a rose and a fleur de lys in pale (gedeeld, I: de Friese adelaar; II: een zespuntige ster, een roos en een lelie boven elkaar)
Description of the upper arms (helmet, crest and mantling)
Remarks
Additional parts of the achievement
Type of supporter
  • Other (guige or band, tree, branch)
Specification A guige hanging from a sunlike mask
Motto
English translation of the motto
Insignia or attributes
Heraldry belonging to
Heraldry belonging to Aylva
Person details
Person details
  • [666] Gautz Aelwa (Gaets van Aylva) (female)
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Inscriptions

Indication of part
Indication of part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Place of the inscription
Place of the inscription along all four edges of the slab
Language(s)
Languages
  • Dutch
Language specification
Transcription
Transcription 1523 den 6 januari [...] [...]erf Gautz Aelwa, Sicke Gratnigha wyf, mit hoer twe soens als Renick ende Kempo. Biddet woer die ziel.
Translation
English translation 1523, the 6th of January [...] [died] Gaets van Aylva, wife of Sicke Gratinga, with her two sons Rienck and Keimpe. Pray for the soul.
Dutch translation
Lay–out
Lay-out Gothic textualis?
Inscription mentioning
Name [668] Renick (Rienk van Gratinga) (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Name [669] Kempo (Keimpe van Gratinga) (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Name [666] Gautz Aelwa (Gaets van Aylva) (female)
Sex female
Argumentation the person is being commemorated
Name [667] Sicke Gratnigha (Sicke van Gratinga) (male)
Sex male
Argumentation the person is used as a reference
Additional remarks
Additional remarks The inscriptions contains some strange spellings or misspellings (Gratnigha, woer). Zandveld calls the type of lettering 'primitive' and 'unusual considering the date'. He suggests that the person who applied the inscription was not a sculptor by trade but may have tried to copy the lettering from a model.

Decorations

Indication of part
Indication of the part Tomb or floor slab (front)
Type(s) of decoration(s)
Type(s) of decoration(s)
  • angels, putti or cherubs
  • mask(s)
Description of the decoration(s)
Description of the decoration(s) a sunlike mask in the central field; angels in the corners
Depicted allegories
Depicted allegories
Additional remarks
Additional remarks

Person Description

Personal identification number
Personal identification number 666
Personal details
Name Gautz Aelwa (Gaets van Aylva)
Sex female
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death 1523/01/06
Additional remarks Daughter of Epe van Aylva and Beatrix van Walta. Gaets was married to Sicke van Gratinga, with whom she had three children: sons Rienck and Keimpe and daughter Ydt.
Social standing
Status nobility
Arguments
  • according to literature
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Personal identification number
Personal identification number 667
Personal details
Name Sicke Gratnigha (Sicke van Gratinga)
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death
Additional remarks Son of Bocke van Gratinga (alias Bocke Burmania) and Hilck Laesdr van Ee. Sicke was married to: 1) Ydt van Dekema, 2) Gaets van Aylva, and 3) Popck van Bonga. He lived on the Gratingastate, an estate in Hitzum. Sicke died in 1538/1542 and was buried in Hitzum.
Social standing
Status nobility
Arguments
  • according to literature
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Personal identification number
Personal identification number 668
Personal details
Name Renick (Rienk van Gratinga)
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death
Additional remarks Son of Sicke van Gratinga and Gaets van Aylva. Brother of Keimpe and Ydt. Rienck may have died at a young age.
Social standing
Status nobility
Arguments
  • according to literature
Specification
Member of a convent
Religious order
Specification
Member of secular clergy
Type of secular clergy
Specification
Additional remarks
Additional remarks
Personal identification number
Personal identification number 669
Personal details
Name Kempo (Keimpe van Gratinga)
Sex male
Year/date of birth
Year/date of death
Additional remarks Son of Sicke van Gratinga and Gaets van Aylva. Brother of Rienck and Ydt. Keimpe may have died at a young age.
Social standing
Status nobility
Arguments
  • according to literature
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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