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Early 18th Century
Size: 39.5cm high, 86.5cm wide, 2.5cm deep - 15½ ins high, 34 ins wide, 1 ins deep
Similar memento mori artifacts always required for stock
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Ex English Private collection
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 23, item no. 45, for an English limestone grave marker
Slate was a soft enough material for cutting without undue labour and fine enough to allow delicate flourishes. It gave the slate cutter the opportunity to develop and form a craft in the English vernacular tradition. Tomb and headstones are visible links between the living and the dead. In this form of art there is a reminder to those who come after us of their own mortality and of the frailty of all human life.
Angels are portrayed as winged human beings on these tombs. They are mystical beings whose role is to intercede directly and individually between God and humanity. Their name comes from the Greek word for ‘messenger’ and as such they act as instruments of God as announcers of wrong-doers. The palm leaf is associated with victory and is a symbol of Jesus’ victory over death, and of the christian’s victory over sin, the world and the devil.