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Grijó Tomb of Dom Rodrigo Sanches

Grijó Tomb of Dom Rodrigo Sanches

Grijó Tomb of Dom Rodrigo Sanches

Grijó Tomb of Dom Rodrigo Sanches

Grijó Tomb of Dom Rodrigo Sanches

We are not Biblical buffs, but the caretaker of Grijó certainly was and very kindly pointed out some fascinating details in otherwise grotesque Romanesque statuary.

In the 13th c. tomb of Dom Rodrigo Sanches, two nursing Madonnas exist, not in the actual nursing position but showing a dress with two slits to allow the breasts to come out. The shield of the nobleman’s father, the king, is crossed out to indicate the dead lord’s bastard lineage. At the feet there is a crucifixion scene where everyone is smiling and there is no skull – that part I confess we lost the meaning of, but it hardly seems to matter when the sculpture is so bizarre.

Mosteiro de São Salvador de Grijó.

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