Mansions in the Sky

The Rosehill Cemetery in Bloomington, Indiana, has many fine gravestones, including the deeply and elaborately carved Moser family monument.  The gravestone has gates opening up to the Heavens.  Between the clouds is depicted a lavish city of beautifully crafted buildings. 

This symbol of mansions or castles-like buildings and clouds has its origin from the Biblical passage John 14.2, “In my Father’s Hose are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.” 

Spotting this symbol in a Midwestern cemetery is not unusual  but seeing it carved like this deep bas-relief is.  Often the symbol is a thinly cut incised design like the example below from the Mitchell Cemetery in Mitchell, Indiana.

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1 Response to Mansions in the Sky

  1. Jennifer Lucas says:

    Rose Hill is home to most of the symbols of 19th- and early 20th century cemeteries. wwillows flourish in Spencer’s Addition. Lambs for children, roses for young women, clasped hands, pointing hands, and many more tributes to the deceased.

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