Cadaver tomb

Yampimon

Joined August 2010

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Cadaver tombs were made only for high-ranking nobles, usually royalty or bishops, because they had to be rich, to afford to have one made, and powerful, to be allotted space for one in a church.
The sculpture is intended as a didactic example of how transient earthly glory is, since it depicts what we all finally become.

This monument prepared for John Wakeman is in Tewkesbury Abbey, UK. Wakeman was abbot of Tewkesbury from 1531 to 1539. When the abbey was dissolved, he retired, and later became 1st Bishop of Gloucester. He prepared the tomb for himself, with vermin crawling on his carved skeletal corpse, but never used it. He was buried instead, at Forthampton.
The tomb remains as a memorial.

FEATURED
Halloween – Sculpture Group
The English Church

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