Archive for the ‘Soul Effigies’ Category

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A Winged and Wigged Soul Effigy (Apparently Balancing a Stylized Hourglass on Top of Its Head) Discovered on an Early 18th Century Slate Headstone at the Old Burying Point (A.K.A. Charter Street) Cemetery in Salem, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on November 8, 2018)

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Although It’s Sometimes Difficult to Differentiate Between a True Portrait and a Soul Effigy (the Representation of a Person’s Soul) on Early 18th Century Gravestones, This Image of an Elegant Lady Found at Burial Hill in Plymouth Most Likely Falls in the Former Category (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on August 24, 2016)

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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 (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on March 9, 2020)

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A Stylized Soul Effigy Found on a Child’s Gravestone From the Late 1700s at West Thompson Cemetery in West Thompson, Connecticut (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on December 1, 2017)

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A Winged Cherub Motif Found Carved on an 18th Century Headstone at Mountain View Cemetery in Shrewsbury, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on October 8, 2018)

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A Stylized Skull With Wings (Symbolizing the Soul’s Flight up to Heaven) Found on a Gravestone From the 1700s at the Woodstock Hill Burial Ground in Woodstock, CT (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on January 26, 2015)


An Example of a “Winged Cherub” Motif Found on a Lichen-Splotched Gravestone From the Late 1700s at Woodstock Hill Burial Ground in Woodstock, CT (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on July 14, 2017)

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A Winged Soul Effigy Discovered on a Lichen-Splotched Slate Headstone From the Late 1700s at East Woodstock Cemetery in East Woodstock, CT (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on August 6, 2019)

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An Example of an 18th Century Gravestone With a “Cherub” or “Winged Soul” Motif Found at the Old Spencer Cemetery in Spencer, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on September 8, 2016)

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A Stylized Skull With Wings Seen on an 18th Century Gravestone at the Old Spencer Cemetery in Spencer, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on June 29, 2019)