Brass Rubbing: Thomas Cranley


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Artifact Identification Brass Rubbing: Thomas Cranley   (1982.05.0015)
  1. Communication Artifacts
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  3. Documentary Artifacts
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  5. Graphic Documents
Artist/Maker Kathleen H. Cairns.
Geographic Location
Period/Date Medieval, 1417 CE
Culture British, English

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 259.0 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 104.0 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 1.0 cm
Weight 413 g
Measuring Remarks Width refers to the horizontal measure of the rubbing (dowel rod and hooks). Depth indicates the thickness of the dowel rod from which the piece is suspended.
Materials Paper, Plant--Wood, Metal--Steel, Pigment
Manufacturing Processes Rubbing
Munsell Color Information Black (N 2/ 3.1% R) White (N 9.5/ 90.0% R) Moderate Yellowish Brown (10YR 5/4)

Research Remarks

Published Description

From Bontell: The original brass comprehended a canopy; an epitaph in eight lines of rhyming Latin, at the base of the composition; a commemorative inscription on a border-fillet; and two shields of arms, one on either side of the head of the effigy. The greater part of the border-fillet is now lost: but in all other respects, with the exception of a few small fragments, this brass is still perfect. The canopy, which rises above the figure from bold shafts, is triple, and is itself surmounted by a square embattled head-canopy, having circles of rich tracery in the spandrels formed by a plain arch. It will be observed that the archiepiscopal crozier is here a crucifix. This brass has been engraved entire by the Messrs. Waller. The shields bear on the fesse point a leopard's face, between three ducal crowns, two and one. The epitaph is as follows: INCEDENS SISTE—LOCUS ASPICE QUID TENET ISTE—/PONTIFICIS GTU—DEUELYN CORP. TUMULATUM—/TNSFUGA QUA CERNIS—DN VITA VICES VARIAUIT—/MORS CARNIS VIUIS—SUB HUMO LECTU_SIBI STUIT—/ANNIS BIS DENIS—PAT. ALM. ALUPN'. EGENIS—/SEDIT SACTUS—FUNGENS VICE PONTIFICATUS—/SPIRIT. ERIPIT.—NO ARTE VALENS REUOCARI—/QUESO PIIS PRECIBS—SIBI VRIS AUXILIARI. Of the inscription on the border-fillet, there remain but these words,— RUIT ISTE PATER ALDELMI FESTO. CURSU/ MIGRAUIT HONESTO. QUI CIRCUSTATIS. From the catalogue, An Exhibition of Medieval Brass Rubbings by Kathleen H. Cairns: "New College - Thomas Cranley, 1417. Warden, Archbishop of Dublin. In archiepiscopal vestments with mitre and cross. Triple canopy with embattled entablature."

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Felgate, T.M. Knights on Suffolk Brasses. East Anglian Magazine Ltd. Ipswich, Sufflok 1976. Spinke, Winifred. A Memento from Old England. Bury St. Edmunds, n.d. Bontell, Rev. Charles. Monumental Brasses of England (1849), pp. 17-18. Cairns, Kathleen H. An Exhibition of Medieval Brass Rubbings, October 20 through November 19. Catalog #55.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Gift of Kathleen H. Cairns
Reproduction no
Reproduction Information N/A

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