The tomb of Thomas Gooding, buried vertically in the Norwich Cathedral, is known as ‘the skeleton.’ It’s located to the right of the altar into the south aisle of the Nave.
The inscription reads:
‘All you that do this place pass bye
Remember death for you will dye.
As you are now even so was I
And as I am so shall you be.
Thomas Gooding here do staye
Wayting for God’s judgement day.’
Rosary Terminal Bead with Lovers and Death’s Head
Date: ca. 1500–1525
Geography: Made in North France or South Netherlands
Culture: North French or South Netherlandish
Medium: Ivory, with emerald pendant, silver-gilt mount
Dimensions: Overall: 5 3/8 x 1 9/16 x 1 11/16 in. (13.6 x 4 x 4.3 cm) ivory only: 2 13/16 x 1 9/16 x 1 11/16 in. (7.2 x 4 x 4.3 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number: 17.190.305