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Seated reading an open book wearing an elaborate costume and a large rosary with pendant cross
A tomb figure or ‘weeper’
First half 16th Century
Size: 14.5cm high – 5¾ ins high
The custom of placing small statues around the tomb monuments of noblemen and women dates from the 13th century. They were called ‘pleurants’ in French for ‘mourners’, but this was translated into English as ‘weepers’. This can cause confusion as these small sculptures are not always grieving figures expressing emotion for the deceased. They are sometimes saints and clerics praying for the soul of the departed, and sometimes they represent the heirs and close relatives of the deceased like a figurative form of an ancestral tree.