UNKNOWN MASTER, English
Tomb of Edward II (detail)1330s
Purbeck marble and alabaster
The tomb of Edward II has its alabaster effigy set within stunning stone cages of pinnacles and ogee arches. The body of the deposed monarch, which had been so ignominiously penetrated at his murder, is presented as calm, whole and inviolate. The king's body has been transformed into something like a saintly relic because of this shrine-like structure which encloses it.
The picture shows the head of the King.