Archive for the ‘Skulls’ Category

Winged Skull tombstone Granary Burial Ground 4B
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 Tribal Tattooed Human Skull With a Somalian Ten Shilling Bill in Its Mouth Sits in the Storefront Window of A Clockwork Tattoo & Art Gallery Located at 315 Main Street in Southbridge, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on December 30,  2016)

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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)

A Wooden Skeleton Dressed in a Floppy Hat and a Knit Sweater (Apparently the Mascot of Colonial Copy) Found Inside Its Premises on Central Street in Southbridge, MA

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A Crystal Sphere Containing a Human Skull Displayed in the Storefront Window of an Unidentified Store on Essex Street in Salem, MA

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A Winged Skull Motif Found Carved on a Badly Tilting Slate Gravestone From the 18th Century at Granary Burying Ground in Boston, MA

Winged Deathhead Granary
A Winged Death Head Found Carved on an 18th Century Headstone at the Granary Burying Ground on Tremont Street in Boston, MA

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A Rather Unusual High Relief Carving of a Winged Death’s Head Found on an Early 18th Century Gravestone at King’s Chapel Burying Ground in Boston, MA

A Winged Skull Motif Carved on a Slate Gravestone From the Mid-Eighteenth Century Found at the Old Burial Ground in Sturbridge, MA

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A Human Skeleton Spotted Chilling on the Porch of a House on Whitcomb Street in Webster, MA