Father Time

Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky

A winged Father Time is depicted here as an old man, with long hair and a long beard, though, his body appears young and buff.  He has his origins in Greek Mythology.  Chronos is the Greek god of time from whom we get the word “chronology.”

Here Father Time is plying the tools that make him recognizable–a scythe and an hourglass.  The hourglass is a reminder that time marches on and as the sands of time pass by all come closer to death; life is short.  The scythe, a tool that was once used in the harvest, symbolizes the Divine harvest.  Just as wheat is cut down by the scythe during the harvest, so are souls by Father Time.

The Owen and Ann Cwathmey Monument at Cave Hill Cemetery


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