catafalque

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catafalque

A draped and canopied stage or scaffold, usually erected in a church, on which is placed the coffin or effigy of a deceased person.
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27] Even while d'Estouteville was ill, Francesco had begun to receive funds, suggesting that he may have already been working on this project for the temporary construction surrounding the corpse, the main function of which, unlike the more tomb-like catafalque, was to support a host of lights around the body.
I grew up with mournful black chasubles, the dirge-like "Dies Irae," and doleful black-draped catafalques.
April with its catafalques of tulip poplars like algae on innumerable bridges and under the branches of chestnuts and hawthorns buries your life that was like death your virginal heroine's life I look through my tears.