Archive for the ‘Relief Sculpture’ Category

hr-0967-453-664--0967453664003_20151211024542651Although Skulls and Crossbones, Deathheads, and Winged Skulls Were Quite Common on Early 18th Century Gravestones in America, Ones Depicting Full Skeletons, Like This One Found at the Old Spencer Cemetery, Were Much More Unusual (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on December 11, 2015)

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A High-Relief Sculpture of an Apparently Despairing Angel Holding Either a Mop or (More Likely) a Flaming Torch Upside-Down Found Carved on the Shannon Family Mausoleum at St. Mary Cemetery in Norwich, CT (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on January 10, 2019)

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The Traditional Jewish Symbols of the Star of David and Twin Lions Found on a Gravestone at Sons of Jacob Cemetery on Havana Road in Leicester, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on May 18, 2019)

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A Rather Unusual Granite Gravestone From the 1920’s Featuring a Carving of a Dove Found at Worcester Hebrew Cemetery in Auburn, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on November 5, 2016)

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An Example of One of the Many 18th Century Gravestones With a “Cherub’s Head” or “Winged Soul” Motif to Be Found in the Old Spencer Cemetery in Spencer, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on November 21, 2014)

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The Weather-Worn and Lichen-Covered Image of Two Young Girls Holding Hands Carved in Deep Relief on a Stone Monument From the Late 19th Century Found at Grove Street Cemetery in Putnam, CT (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on April 2, 2017)

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A Slate Gravestone From the Late 1600s Carved With Double Cherubs Seen at the Old Burying Ground in Cambridge, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on February 4, 2018)

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A Close-Up of a Firefighter Carved on a Slate Marker Embedded in a Pink Granite Boulder at the Newton Fire Department Memorial on Centre Street in Newton Centre, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on August 12, 2019)

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Various Ornately Decorated Drinking Goblets Including Ones Featuring Tiny Skulls, the Face of a Green Man, and the Head of a Zombie Available for Purchase on the Eastern States Exposition Grounds During the Big E Last September in West Springfield, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on May 1, 2019)


A “Winged Skull” Motif Found on an 18th Century Gravestone at Burial Hill in Plymouth, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on  July 23, 2017)