Exploration into... Cemetery Art


Cemetery Artistry

Cemetery

The artistry of the cemetery is often overlooked but the decoration on a tombstone can say a lot about the person beneath it and the people who erected it in their honor. The art of tombstone construction has changed drastically over thousands of years. Trends of great detail to simplicity have come and gone time and time again. The constant is the love, beauty and sincerity behind those who request them.

So the next time you are in a cemetery take a long look around and see what new discoveries you make. It's possible you'll see a cemetery in a whole new light!

 

Anchor

Symbol of hope, in honor of someone in the Navy or a seafarer

Angel

Symbol of religious belief, resurrection, ascension to the heavens

Angel

Symbol of Christian belief, resurrection, ascension to the heavens

Angel Praying

Symbol of religious belief, prayer for forgiveness, prayer for safekeeping

Angel with Sword

Symbol of religious belief, symbol of victory, symbol of death avenged

Photograph coming when available Angel with Trumpet

Symbol of Christian belief, resurrection, ascension to the heavens

Angel Weeping

Symbol of religious belief, deep mourning

Photograph coming when available Arch

Victory over death

Photograph coming when available Arrow

Fragility of life, usually marks an unexpected death

Bible

Symbol of religious belief, priest or someone in the religious field

Photograph coming when available Two or Three Books

Traditionally represents Mormon headstones; the Bible and Book of Mormon and sometimes also the Doctrines

Photograph coming when available Broken Column

Loss of the head of the family

Photograph coming when available Broken Ring

Loss of spouse

Photograph coming when available Bugles

Military service

Photograph coming when available Butterfly

Loss of a youth or an unexpected death, ressurection, transformation, symbol of religious belief

Photograph coming when available Chalice

Symbol of religious belief, usually Catholic/Christian, represents the Sacraments

Cherub

Symbol of religious belief, loss of a youth

Photograph coming when available Corn

Someone who lived a naturally, long life

Cross

Symbol of religious belief, resurrection

Cross with Wreath

Symbol of religious belief, victory over death

Photograph coming when available Crossed Swords

Military service, usually someone with a high rank

Photograph coming when available Crown

Symbol of religious belief, victory over death, someone of royal blood

Dove

Symbol of religious belief, resurrection

Dragon

Symbol of religious belief, bravery, courage

Father Time

Recognition of mortality, long life

Photograph coming when available Flame

Eternally lighting a candle to show someone the way home

Flowers

Fragility of life

Photograph coming when available Fruits

Usually depicts someone who had a successful and bountiful life

Photograph coming when available Fully-bloomed Rose

Someone who passed in the prime of their life

Photograph coming when available Grim Reaper

Death

Photograph coming when available Hand of God Chopping

Someone who passed unexpectedly

Hands

Saying goodbye and showing everlasting support

Harp

Giving thanks for life, someone musically adept

Photograph coming when available Heart

Loss of a love, symbol of religious belief

Hourglass

Recognition of mortality, showing time passed, more sand in top of the glass (someone young), less sand in the top of the glass (someone older)

Photograph coming when available Imps

Fragility of life

Photograph coming when available Ivy

The longer the vine the longer the lifespan usually

Lamb

A youth who has passed away, innocence, purity

Photograph coming when available Laurel

Some who led a prosperous life, victory over death

Lily

Cleansing of death from woe, innocence, purity

Lion

Courage, bravery, integrity

Oak Leaves & Acorns

Someone who lived a naturally, long life

Photograph coming when available Open Doors

Opening the doors to the heavens

Photograph coming when available Pall

Fragility of life

Photograph coming when available Palm Branch

Rejoice in death

Pets

Showing reverence to beloved family pets

Photograph coming when available Pomegranates

Spirituality, commitment to religion (usually Christianity)

Photograph coming when available Poppy

Eternal slumber

Portraits

Giving an eternal face to those passed

Photograph coming when available Rooster

Resurrection, symbol of religious belief

Photograph coming when available Rosebud

Lost love, death of a youth

Photograph coming when available Seashell

Immortality

Skull & Bones

Recognition of mortality, usually someone who died unexpectedly

Photograph coming when available Snake

Immortality

Photograph coming when available Snuffed Candle

Mortality, sometimes someone who died unexpectedly

Photograph coming when available Spade

Fragility of life

Photograph coming when available Stars & Stripes (without or without an eagle)

Victory over death, eternal freedom

Photograph coming when available Sun Rising

Beginning of a new life

Photograph coming when available Sun Fully Shining

Immortality

Photograph coming when available Sun Setting

Fragility of life

Tree

Everlasting life, nature enthusiast

Urn

Immortality

Photograph coming when available Weeping Willow

Mourning of deceased

Photograph coming when available Winged Face or Skull

Ascension of the soul

Wheat

Someone who lived a long life, and deemed successful by their family

Photograph coming when available Wilted Rose

Someone who lived a naturally, long life, symbolizes mourning, loss of a love

Wreath

Victory over death

Personalized tombstone

A couple buried side-by-side, tombstone makes it appear they are lying next to each other in bed.

Personalized tombstone

Detailed tree stump that marks a cut off of life detailed by accents personalizing the deceased

Personalized tombstone

Detailed tree stump that marks a cut off of life detailed by accents personalizing the deceased, however on this one the sheets have been left blank... perhaps to later add details of the deceased's family members when they pass

Statue

Erections usually in the likeness of the deceased or reflecting the sadness or mourning of the deceased

Statue

Erections usually in the likeness of the deceased or reflecting the sadness or mourning of the deceased

Statue

Erections usually in the likeness of the deceased or reflecting the sadness or mourning of the deceased

Statue

Erections usually in the likeness of the deceased or reflecting the sadness or mourning of the deceased

Tags: cemetery art, cemetery artistry, creepy hollows
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2012-05-10 13:51
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