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I am listening to The Warder of the Door Meade LT, Eustace R 1897

It describes a wedge-shaped coffin studded with iron nails. I'm having trouble picturing this (the wedge not the nails). It holds the remains of a C14 Abbot.

What does it make you think of? Is it the name for a specific style of coffin? Does the carefully specified shape add to the horror somehow?
 

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The first I can think of is that he might be describing a rectangular coffin that is taller at the head than the feet. I can picture it but I'm not sure if I've ever seen one.

I then did an image search of 14th century coffins and this was the first result: arguably wedge-shaped.



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That would work. only in wood rather than stone? Does one ever nail stone?
 

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oooh! further details:

the ghastly coffin
queer misshapen thing
shape on an enormous wedge
dark old wood
bound with iron at the corners

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The first I can think of is that he might be describing a rectangular coffin that is taller at the head than the feet. I can picture it but I'm not sure if I've ever seen one.

I then did an image search of 14th century coffins and this was the first result: arguably wedge-shaped.



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That's what I thought of too.
 

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... I then did an image search of 14th century coffins and this was the first result: arguably wedge-shaped. ...
Yes, that's it (according to Wikipedia):

Coffins are traditionally made with six sides plus the top (lid) and bottom, tapered around the shoulders, or rectangular with four sides. Another form of four-sided coffin is trapezoidal (also known as the "wedge" form) and is considered a variant of the six-sided hexagonal kind of coffin.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffin
 
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