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In churches, a tomb chest (a raised, rectangular tomb) may have small mourning figures along the side, known as weepers.  They are often family members.

 

Local examples from the cathedral (click to enlarge)

Weepers

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Tomb of Archbishop Peckham in the Martyrdom

Tomb of Sir John Boys

(d. 1612) – weepers are his two wives – nave north wall

Tomb of Thomas Thornhurst (d. 1727), three children each holding a skull, Warrior chapel

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