Monthly Archives: August 2012


This white marble sculpture of a Cherub is poised to write in the Book of Life, represented here as a scroll attached to a tree stump.  The tree stump, which is not fully matured, symbolizes a life cut short.   The Cherub is … Continue reading

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Cherubim, part 2

Cherubim are one of nine orders or choirs of angels which are organized into three spheres, with three choirs in each sphere.  According to Christian tradition, the first sphere, which is made up of the Seraphim, Cherubim, and the Thrones, … Continue reading

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Cherubim, an order or choir of angels, are usually portrayed as chubby babies with wings.  In the angel hierarchy cherubim are considered to be in the second highest order of the nine orders of angels.  The Cherubim were sent to Earth to … Continue reading

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Mother and Daughter

In the Union Cemetery at St. Clairsville, Ohio, stands a lifesize white marble gravestone of a woman.  She is leaning against a post, holding a scroll in one hand and a wreath in the other.  The gravestone looks like a … Continue reading

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Baby Shoes and Socks!

A pair of shoes often memorializes the grave of a child.  In this case, the pair of shoes marks the grave of a one and a half-year girl named Eleanor buried in the Oakland Cemetery at Atlanta, Georgia.  The headstone forms … Continue reading

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Baby Shoes

There are many symbols that represent the young in funerary art—the broken bud, the lamb, and shoes.  A pair of shoes, reminiscent of the baby shoes that so many parents have bronzed, represents the loss of a child.  Sometimes one … Continue reading

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Double scroll

This monument of cast zinc in the Union Cemetery at Morristown, Ohio, marks the graves of a mother and a father, Jonathan and Mariah Carpenter.  The monument features two scrolls side by side.  The scroll is a symbol that has … Continue reading

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