Mourner

Mourner

A weeper or mourner is a character very often depicted in funerary monuments of the Early Middle Ages, as a reflexion of the funerary practices of that period. The weepers, usually wearing hoods, mourn in very diverse ways, some of them as striking as the ones that appear in the panels of the hermit of San Andrés de Mahamud (Burgos), in which a group of people are depicted crying, scratching their faces and pulling their hair out for showing their sorrow.

The fist medieval pictures of mourners that are preserved nowadays are from mid 13th century, from the tombs of Louis ix of France’s entourage. This motif had a great development in western Christian countries, especially during 14th and 15th centuries.