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BIER

The mov­able stand on which a corpse, in a cof­fin or a shroud, was placed be­fore burial

MUTES

Men, em­ployed in pairs, who guarded the de­ceased’s house and led the fu­neral cortege car­ry­ing wands of black crape

PALL

A cloth, usu­ally in black vel­vet, which cov­ered the cof­fin and the heads and shoul­ders of the pall- bear­ers

SHROUD

The white cloth or wind­ing-sheet in which a body was laid out for burial

FEATHER-MAN

A man who was em­ployed by the un­der­taker to carry a ‘tray’ or ‘lid’ of wav­ing, black os­trich plumes

WEEP­ERS

Long, black crape ma­te­rial that hung from the un­der­taker’s silk hat to rep­re­sent mourn­ing cloaks of the past

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