A lattice of silvery-white metal, artfully crafted in the shape of a spiderweb, arcs low over a sarcophagus of black marble polished to a high sheen. The lattice is moored to marble posts, and atop it, made of the same metal, stands a sculpture of a spider as big as a cat. From its mandibles dangles a thin gold chain—through the lattice—at the end of which hangs a red gem as thick as a thumb.

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