Mt. Oliver Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee

Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee

Some of the most clear examples of symbolism can be found on the zinc markers found in nearly every graveyard.  Here, is an example of a lyre traditionally seen as a symbol of Apollo, the Greek god of music. In Christian symbolism it can represent harmony and Heavenly accord and song in praise of the Lord.  In funerary art, however, the lyre can also represent the end of life.

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2 Responses to Lyre

  1. Very interesting! I did not know that.

  2. Jen says:

    Those zinc markers are cool — we’re always happy to find them, because the details remain so clear. 🙂

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