Archive for the ‘Relief Sculpture’ Category

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The Carved Wooden Profile of a Witch Wearing a Hat Decorated With Stars Juts Out From the Side of a House at the Entrance of an Alleyway Located Off Derby Street in Salem, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on October 30, 2018)

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A Devilish Green Man With Horns For Sale at the Naked Bohemian Gift Shop on White Mountain Highway in North Conway, NH (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on December 17, 2017)

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Yet Another Example of an 18th Century Gravestone With the Extremely Popular “Winged Soul” Motif, This One Found at the Woodstock Hill Burial Ground in Woodstock, Connecticut (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on February 13,  2015)

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A Dove in Flight (Representing Peace, Purity, and Ascension Into Heaven) Carved on a Gravestone Found at Grove Street Cemetery in Putnam, CT (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on September 18,  2017)

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Another Example of the “Winged Skull” Motif (Thought to Symbolize Both Physical Mortality and the Soul Ascending to Heaven) Found on a Gravestone From the Early 1700’s at the Old Granary Burying Ground in Boston, Massachusetts (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on November 12,  2015)


A Butterfly (Traditionally Symbolizing Resurrection as Well as the Soul Rising From the Body) With the Motto “Love Is Immortality” Carved on a Contemporary Granite Headstone Found at the Woodstock Hill Burial Ground in Woodstock, CT (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on June 7,  2017)


A Hooded Grotesque Grasping His Cheeks With Both Hands Stares out From the Original Stone Edifice of the Main Branch of the Cambridge Public Library in Cambridge, MA  (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on November 3,,  2017)

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An Angel Scribes the Names of the Dead in a Sacred Book at North Conway Cemetery in North Conway, NH (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on December 28,  2017)

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Doves, Symbolizing Peace and Purity, Began to Appear as a Common Gravetone Motif in the 19th Century, and Are Usually Found on the Tombstones of Women Who Died Young, Such as This One at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Southbridge, Massachusetts (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on January 7, 2015)

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A Winged Skull, Symbolizing the Soul’s Ascension Into Heaven, Is a Commonly Found Image Carved on Gravestones From the 1700’S Thoughout New England, Such as This One in the Old First Parish Burying Ground on Beach Street in Rockport, Massachusetts  (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on July 31, 2014)