Posts Tagged ‘18th Century Gravestones’

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)

Dove Tombstone
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)


A Wingless Soul Effigy on a Gravestone From the Late Eighteenth Century Found at Brookfield Cemetery in Brookfield, MA


A Simple Stylized Wingless Soul Effigy Seen on an Early 18th Century Gravestone at Brookfield Cemetery in Brookfield, MA


A Stylized Skull With Wings Seen on a Slate Gravestone From the Early 18th Century at Brookfield Cemetery in Brookfield, Massachusetts


An Example of a Winged Soul Effigy Seen Carved on a Cracked and Damaged Slate Grave Marker From the Early 18th Century at Burial Hill in Plymouth, MA


A “Winged Skull” Motif Found on an 18th Century Gravestone at Burial Hill in Plymouth, MA

Soul Effigy Woodstock Hill Burial Ground.JPG
A Winged Soul Effigy Seen on an 18th Century Gravestone at Woodstock Hill Burial Ground in Woodstock, CT

Soul Effogy Brookfield (2)
A Most Unusual Soul Effigy (With a Stylized Crown and Wings Which Together Almost Resemble an Aztec or Mayan Headdress)Found on an 18th Century Gravestone at Brookfield Cemetery in Brookfield, MA