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Vintage Monumental Brass reproduction of Sir Thomas Bullen, 1538 AD, Father of Anne Boleyn

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A reproduction of the beautiful and ornate Monumental Brass of Sir Thomas Bullen.

Brass plate set into a resin mixture to look like granite. Rubbings can be taken from this brass.

Dimensions: 70 cm height, 30 cm width, 2 cm depth.

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Weight 5kg. Shipping on request depending on destination.

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SIR THOMAS BULLEN (Boleyn) 1477 - 1539
Father of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII, hence the Grandfather of Elizabeth I. An enormously powerful and wealthy man who died of natural causes. Quite an achievement during those turbulent times.
This full size Monumental Brass at St.Peter's Church, Hever, Kent is beautifully ornate. He is wearing his full Garter robes and regalia comprising a coronet, a collar of Tudor Roses, the badge and order of the Garter on his shoulder and the actual garter on his left leg. The engraving shows the garter motto 'Honi soit qui mal y pense' ( Shame on him who thinks this evil). He stands on the mythical beast, a Griffin, which is half eagle, half lion, possibly a sign of his resilience and strength. The Heraldic helm behind his head shows the falcon which is the Heraldic device for the Butler family, the earls of Ormonde, and Thomas Bullen was their heir.
(Anne Boleyn adopted this falcon device as her own badge.)
In England from the 13th to the 16th Century memorial tombs in churches were often of incised slabs made from sheet brass called latten. The tradition came from Germany and Flanders where the brasses could be very ornate.  Generally in England the brasses were of a more simple design.  We have learned much about the style of armour and fashion of the day from these brasses.
The slabs were set into the floor of the churches and it became a popular hobby to take rubbings from them particularly in the 1960's and '70's to the extent that some were being damaged by too much rubbing.  The brasses that remain have now all been protected and consequently replicas have been made to continue this hobby, or purely for decorational purposes.

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Weight 5 kg
Dimensions 70 × 30 × 2 cm

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