Pleurant in Greenwood Cemetery, Weatherford, Texas

by Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. on December 6, 2011

A pleurant is a weeping figure used as an ornament on a tomb or tombstone.  Apparently, they were originally the work of a French sculpture in the late medieval period.  They are rare in this country, but this one is in the Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford, Texas.

pleurant on a tombstone side view

Front of pleurant on tombstone

 

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