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Monument of Edmund Harman, Burford Church, Oxfordshire

Monument of Edmund Harman

Could this be the earliest representation in Britain of the original inhabitants of the Americas? It’s most likely that the people depicted are native Amazonians - no-one’s pretending they’re Mexica! But whoever is depicted, it’s an intriguing historical monument, to be found in the Church of St. John the Baptist, Burford village, Oxfordshire... (Compiled by Ian Mursell/Mexicolore)

The elaborate monument was constructed in 1569
The elaborate monument was constructed in 1569 (Click on image to enlarge)

Edmund Harman (c.1509–1577), was the barber-surgeon of King Henry VIII. ‘The monument shows [not shown here] his nine sons and seven daughters of whom only two girls survived their parents. The monument also features what may be the earliest depiction of native Americans in Britain. Four South American Indians with feathered headdresses and a jaguar surround his memorial plaque. No explanation is given in the Latin inscription for their presence and it has been suggested that the family were involved in the early exploration and trade with the Americas. The American images on Edmund’s memorial may have been copied from illustrations in a Flemish book that appeared a few years earlier’ (Wikipedia).

Photos by Ian Mursell/Mexicolore.

This article was uploaded to the Mexicolore website on Dec 13th 2018

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