Tomb Effigy of a Boy, Probably Ermengol IX, Count of Urgell


On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 09

The arms of the counts of Urgell on the shoulder strap of this effigy of a boy suggest that it represents Ermengol IX, the uncle of Ermengol X and the only count of Urgell to die as a boy. Because the tomb is too small for the body of a youth of the age portrayed in the effigy, it was probably used after a chaux vive burial, in which the remains were interred in quicklime for at least a year and then transferred to the small sarcophagus. Since at least the early nineteenth century, this effigy, along with its original sarcophagus and lion supports, was in the wall niche in the church of Santa Maria at Castelló de Farfanya. Whether it was ever in the monastery church at Bellpuig de les Avellanes with the other tombs of the counts of Urgell is unknown.

Tomb Effigy of a Boy, Probably Ermengol IX, Count of Urgell, Limestone, traces of paint, Catalan

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