Monthly Archives: June 2012

A Victorian Flower

The young female figure, head looking down in reflection and sorrow, is seen holding an Easter lily in one hand.  Unfortunately, the fingertips in her other hand are broken, but it is likely her hand was holding a flower which she … Continue reading

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From Greek Architecture to Greek Myth

The Earthly remains of Benjamin and Irene Smith were laid to rest in a solemn and gray granite Greek revival-style mausoleum.  The mausoleum is of the Doric order—characterized by the fluted columns with no base resting directly on the stylobate, … Continue reading

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Gothic Architecture

The C.W. Gheens Mausoleum is an architectural jewel nestled in the famed Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky.  Built in 1874 for Charles W. Gheens, a wholesale grocer, real estate investor and cement producer, its design gives the viewer a … Continue reading

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Flowers

Victorians used many flowers in their funeral practices.  The body lay in state in the parlor of a home as long as four days, often without the benefit of being emblamed.  To cover the odors, Victorians filled the parlor with … Continue reading

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The Veil

The matching segmented-top white marble gravestones (they probably wore matching bowling shirts, too!) of John and Rachel Ann Craft, husband and wife, are located at the First Baptist Churchyard in Kingsbury, Indiana. Each gravestone displays curtains which are pulled back to reveal a coffin.  The lifted curtain represents … Continue reading

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The Curtain

The curtain or the veil  symbolizes the exit from one realm to the entrance to another.  Here a little girl has made the passage from this life to the next as she seemingly takes one last glimpse at Earthly world. … Continue reading

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Father Time and the Weeping Virgin

In this funerary sculpture, a winged Father Time is depicted here as an old man, with a long beard and a large pair of wings. Father Time is standing with one of the tools of his trade that makes him instantly … Continue reading

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