Category Archives: Tombs

Ancient Classical Designs

Many ancient classical designs are replicated in modern graveyards.  The sarcophagus of Alexander Moseley (died in 1899) in the Mount Auburn Cemetery at Cambridge, Massachusetts, is modeled after the Roman tomb of Lucius Cornelius Scipio Barbatus, which was erected around 150 BC.  … Continue reading

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Exedra, etc.

An exedra is a semi-circular structure, often with a bench with a high back. Sometimes there is an architectural feature in the center of the exedra, often with statuary or the family name.  In this example, the doric columns and … Continue reading

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Exedra

Conrad Stubenbord  Nov. 23, 1848 July 22, 1913 Ernestine Stubenbord Sept 12, 1847 Dec 21, 1936 The Stubenbord-Sutherland rose-colored polished granite monument in the Green-Wood Cemetery at Brooklyn, New York, is an example of an exedra.  An exedra is a … Continue reading

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Oval Chest Tomb

Chest tombs which were common in 19th Century American graveyards were also referred to as false crypts because the coffin was not inside the chest tomb, but buried underneath underground.  This chest tomb is not in the traditional box-shaped false crypt but … Continue reading

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Chest Tomb

Chest tombs were first popularized in Europe.  The tombs resembled a chest or trunk, often with an effigy of the deceased lying in repose on top.  The Tomb of Vasco de Gama (c.1460-1524) buried at the Monastery of Jeronimos at … Continue reading

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The Sarcophagus Tomb

Sarcophagus tombs are designed to look like coffins.  Most often they are set on a platform or a base.  The tomb is often embellished with ornamentation and nearly always has feet–but the “coffin” is empty–just an empty symbol of the … Continue reading

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Eclectic design in cast iron

Cast iron became much less expensive in the second half of the 19th Century coupled with the ease of making more intricate patterns and designs.  Simple wrought iron adorning many of the homes, commercial buildings, and apartment buildings in New … Continue reading

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Coffin-shaped Table Top Tomb

The coffin-shaped tombstone in the photograph is also a type of gravestone called a table tomb for an obvious reason—it looks like a table. Usually the table tomb has four or six legs supporting a stone tablet which carries the … Continue reading

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Coffin-shaped Tombstone, Part 2

Coffins come in many shapes and sizes, though, technically, a coffin is a six-sided container or box for burial.  A casket is generally understood to have four sides and be rectangular. The six-sided coffin tombstone found in the Groveport Cemetery … Continue reading

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Coffin-shaped tomb

The coffin in cemetery symbolism represents death.  The reasons for that are fairly obvious.  Sometimes the image of the coffin is carved on the gravestone, other times the gravestone itself is carved to look like a coffin. This white marble coffin-shaped gravestone found … Continue reading

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