Slight Variations on a Theme: The Door

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The door as a motif in funerary art symbolizes mystery.  The door is the pathway from the earthly realm to the next.  In all five examples from mausoleum doors, a mourning figure waits at the door.  In some cases her hand is close to door, almost as if she is hesitating to pass through.  In another case, the mourning figure holds a laurel wreath–the traditional symbol of victory over death.  In one case, she hold an Easter lily, the symbol of resurrection.  In Christianity, however, the door is usually viewed with hope, charity, and faith.  The next life will be better.

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One Response to Slight Variations on a Theme: The Door

  1. Jen says:

    Absolutely beautiful series of photos! And a nice way to illustrate the theme.

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