Absolution cross and funeral pot

Bouteilles, Rouen
France - Rouen - Musée départemental des Antiquités
Inv. 2006.0.628
Middle Ages
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In the Middle Ages, these crosses were placed on the dead, both in France and England, along with a funeral pot.

They have the shape of the Maltese cross and remember quite well the consecration crosses and crosses of cemeteries in 12th century.

There is reason to believe they were the formula of absolution pronounced by the priest to the patient receiving the sacrament of Extreme Unction.

Found in Bouteilles by abbot Cochet. 12th century


From Bouteilles, 1857


12th c.

Musée départemental des antiquités, Rouen - Inv. 2006.0.628



From Rouen, 1869

Glazed earthenware

13th – 14th c.

Musée départemental des antiquités, Rouen. - Inv. 1691.6 (D)


For further details :

Favreau/Michaud. Corpus des inscriptions de la France Médiévale. 2003. N° 246 p 323





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