Saturday, December 10, 2005
Cemetery Symbolism--Hands, Clasped
Victorian cemetery art incorporated elaborate symbolism to convey the hopes and sorrows of those left behind.
Hands Clasped: Symbolizing a final farewell. Attention should be paid to the cuffs in hand symbolism. A frilly cuff indicated a woman. These are too worn to be certain.
Usually the hand grasping the other depicts the person who died first. Here, the grasping hand is also pointing downward, indicating mortality. Mourning is symbolized by the drapes over the headstone.
Geo. W. Case
Dec. 21, 1821
Aged 30 yrs. & 9 mos.
(Rest is unreadable)
(Unmarked rural cemetery, Wayne County, Pennsylvania)
Posted by jason evans at 11:51 AM