Illustrated Dictionary of British Churches - Tomb Recess Definition

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Tomb Recess

A niche, usually in the church wall, made to hold a monument or tomb. Recesses are most commonly topped with an arch, or canopy, which may be highly decorated. Some are made so the tomb or effigy lies at ground level while others hold a table tomb at waist level. The number of variations are almost limitless. Recesses may not hold a tomb at all if the monument has been removed.

Related: Effigy   Arch   Canopy  

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