As a symbol of the victory over sin and death, the crown often signifies a martyr. Here St Ursula, who is said to have died in a massacre with her eleven thousand companions, wears a jewelled golden crown.
Crowns can be shown as a plain band, a simple wreath of flowers or a magnificent circle of gold and jewels. The Virgin Mary often wears a crown of honour in her role as the Queen of Heaven.
- Stained glass showing St Ursula with a crown
- Germany, about 1535
- Museum no. C.73-1919