Catafalques

Raised structures, often canopied, on which the coffin or effigy of a deceased person lies or is carried in state. It is distinguised from a "bier," which is much smaller and simpler, and from a "castrum doloris," which is a structure that shelters the bier or castrum doloris.

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catafalques
catafalque
katafalken Dutch
catafalchi Italian
catafalco Spanish
catafalcos Spanish

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Raised structures, often canopied, on which the coffin or effigy of a deceased person lies or is carried in state. It is distinguished from a "bier," which is much smaller and simpler, and from a "castrum doloris," which is a structure that shelters the bier or catafalque.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300005906. The J. Paul Getty Trust.