Glossary of Medieval Art and Architecture

memorial brass : An engraved metal plate used as a commemorative monument. Sometimes these were set vertically, usually in a wall, but usually they were set horizonatly, flush with the pavement of a church, to mark a tomb. The engraved areas were often filled with pigment.

Compare with mausoleum, sarcophagus

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Example of placement of memorial brass

Example memorial brass
Sir John de Creke and his wife Alyne
c 1325
Westley Waterless, Cambridgeshire, England

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