Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The Cadaver Tomb

The Tomb of Alice de la Pole

Alice de la Pole's Transi Tomb

This magnificent transie tomb at St Mary's Church, Ewelme in the county of Oxfordshire belongs to Alice de la Pole. In two parts, the top section is solid and entirely made of alabaster, it is thought to be unique. Lying on top of this tomb, whose decorated sides are covered with angels holding emblazoned shields, is the life like image of the duchess whose long face is beautifully carved, and her coronted head lies under an ornate canopy. The cushion on which her head lies is supported by tiny angels who are placed there to aid Alice's soul to heaven.

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