Gisant

A gisant (French, `recumbent”) is a recumbent effigy on a tomb depicting a prominent deceased person in the process of dying or as a corpse. Such compositions, developed in western Europe in late medieval, Renaissance, and early moderns times, may represent the deceased in a state of `eternal repose”, hands folded in prayer and awaiting re...
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gisant

in sepulchral sculpture, a recumbent effigy representing the person dying or in death. The typical gisant depicts the deceased in `eternal repose,` ...
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