Bay 05 (The Life of St James the Greater)

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Panel 29 - Josias is beheaded before Herod

 © Stuart Whatling, 2009


Herod sits in the cross-legged position usually employed to denote a ruler. He holds a sword (not a sceptre as sometimes claimed). The hand of God appears from a cloud frill, holding the crown of martyrdom.