Winged Cherub’s Head

Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, New York

Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, New York

The bronze gravestone of Harry Albright is adorned by a winged cherub.  The patina on the cherub’s face gives the image an almost haunting look.  The winged cherub was a symbol that became popular in the 18th Century.  Winged cherubs replaced the stark and morbid flying death’s heads from our Puritan forefathers.  The cherubs have a childlike countenance of innocence.  The iconography represents the flight of the soul from the body upward to Heaven and the hope of the resurrection.

HARRY ALBRIGHT

SON OF

JOHN JOSEPH ALBRIGHT

AND

HARRIET ALBRIGHT

BORN JUNE 22, 1874

DIED SEPTEMBER 3, 1874

Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, New York

Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, New York

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One Response to Winged Cherub’s Head

  1. MARY KIM SCHRECK says:

    Wonder how many Harley drivers with flying death heads on their jackets realize they are sporting Puritan symbols!

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