Matthew how interesting! I reckon the ceramic plaque sounds like its from a catholic grave. I remember seeing loads at Pere Lachaise in Paris. Perhaps this image was a duplicate or rejected, so they created a little wooden frame for the photo.
Thanks for that Jonny- how intriguing - of course!. Do you think it is from the 30s? I remember going to Pere Lachaise years ago - it was fab and - saw Jim Morrisson's grave with candles on and Oscar wild's with flowers on - but don't recall plaques - photos yes, but I guess I never examined them that close. Look out for a card in the post!
Yes I've seen things like that in Spanish cemetrys.The graveyards I visited in southern Spain were kind of weird as instead of burying people in the ground, they went in for incarcerating them in walls. It strikes me as a bit ghoulish having the image of the person in the box.
Thanks Sheila. Yes I know what you mean about ghoulish. It occurs to me that humans have had images displayed on tombs going right back. I'm thinking of Roman and Egyptian paintings on the carved coffins I've seen at the BM. P'raps it's that the portraits are painted and not photographic that makes them different?