Watery grave

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Dec 19 2021

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Category: Europe, Netherlands

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I saw this sculpted marble gravestone at the cemetery of the Portuguese Jewish community in ‘Ouderkerk aan de Amstel’. The Sephardim Jews had started settling in Amsterdam in the 16th century and their cemetery in nearby Ouderkerk dates from 1614. I used to pass and visit it regularly on my walks along the Amstel River.
I once took this picture in autumn when water and fallen leaves had remained on the gravestone after the rain. Only the higher parts of the sculpted relief stick out of the water giving the figures a somewhat skinny look, reason why the nobleman on the horse makes me think of Don Quixote who could by the way well be his contemporary.

Photo of the week: Beth Haim Cemetery, gravestone and detail, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Netherlands 1995

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