Archive for the ‘Soul Effigies’ Category

Woodstock Burial Ground Cherub Tombstone C
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)

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)

Rockport CemeteryV
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 Stylized Cherub Carved on a Slate Gravestone From the Late 1700’s Seen at the Auburn Center Burial Ground Located on Central Street in Auburn, MA

Cherub Harmony Grove Salem 2
A Mid-Relief Carving of a Cherub Found on a Badly Weathered Gravestone From the Early 20th Century at Harmony Grove Cemetery 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

An Elaborately Carved Soul Effigy With Stylized Wings and Cartoonish Oversized Ears Found on an 18th Century Gravestone at Brookfield Cemetery in Brookfield, MA

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