Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Cemetery Symbolism: The Lamb
Victorian cemetery art incorporated elaborate symbolism to convey the hopes and sorrows of those left behind.
The Lamb: Symbolizing innocence and gentleness. The death of a child.
Note the highly stylized and ornate artwork. The statuette is recessed in an otherwise normal stone. I've now seen two separate examples of intricate patterns available in this time period for children. Each could be called over-decorated and must have been quite expensive. Yet, I can understand their appeal. Anything to give comfort to a child left alone.
"She is not dead, but sleepeth."
Anna Clara M
John S & Mary D
August 27, 1861
11 years 9 months
(St. Peters United Church of Christ, West Pikeland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania)
Posted by jason evans at 12:01 AM