He saw before entering that the sarcophagus was gone.
The typical torque is a circlet with twisted rope-like strands, the ends not joined together; the torque was usually worn with the opening in the front as seen in a figure of a Gaul in a sculptured sarcophagus in the Capitoline Museum at Rome.
A painted sarcophagus, found at Hagia Triada, also possibly shows a hero-cult of the dead.
in 1165, when the remains were removed from a marble sarcophagus and placed in a wooden coffin.
The church of St Michael, founded by Bishop Bernward early in the 11th century and restored after injury by fire in 1186, contains a unique painted ceiling of the 12th century, the sarcophagus and monument of Bishop Bernward, and a bronze font; it is now a Protestant parish church, but the crypt is used by the Roman Catholics.