Two pale feet cross'd in rest,The race is won.
The illustration of the entombment and bodily assumption of the completely enshrouded Virgin, borne aloft by fourteen angels, is not found in any other iconographical source. The question as to whether Mary was assumed bodily and reunited with her soul in heaven, or body and soul together, was a subject of intense theological debate in the Twelfth Century.
This image, which unambiguously depicts the bearing aloft of a corpse, may form part of the polemic. It has been linked to a vision experienced by a twelfth-century German Benedictine nun, Elizabeth of Schönau (d. 1164), and also to the writings of Honorius of Autun (d. c.1156). The Hunterian Psalter, 1170