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Fragment of an alabaster weeper carved in bas-relief with minute traces of gilding. The weeper rests his head on his right hand in an attitude of sorrow; his face is half-closed eyes, his mouth is ajar and his beard is short and divided into large locks; he is wearing a broad-sleeved neck with a hood whose long point descends to the nape of the neck and a coat of mail with tight sleeves closed by a row of buttons. Spain, Catalonia, workshop of Jaume Cascalls (active 1340-1378), mid-14th centuryHeight: 12 cm - Width: 14 cm - Depth: 7 cm(bottom part reloaded)Provenance: collection André Lebel, ParisWorks consulted: M. Durliat, "Sculpteurs français en Catalogne dans la première moitié du XIVe siècle" in Pallas, 1959, T.VIII, pp.91-103; ExhibitionDijon 1971, Les Pleurants dans l'Art du Moyen Age en Europe, Musée des Beaux-arts, cat. 12-16. Jaume Cascalls is considered one of the most important Catalan sculptors of the Gothic period. His work, which spanned almost forty years, is particularly noteworthy for his participation in the royal tombs of Poblet, a Cistercian monastery near Tarragona. His presence there is attested to since 1349, when he signed a contract with Master Aloy, a sculptor of French origin, to create the tombs of the King of Aragon and his two wives. He left the building site in 1360 for the construction of the Cathedral of La Seu Vella in Lleida. It seems that in Poblet,Cascalls devoted himself to the decoration of the tombs, leaving the lying down to his foreign colleague. During the desamortisación of 1835 (law on the sale of clergy property), the monastery was abandoned and the royal tombs were looted and broken up.There are now several statuettes of mourners from Poblet's tombs scattered in different museums.This fragment could be related to the three mourners of the

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