AUG. 5, 1916 – SEPT. 12, 1919

Sculptures of cherubs often adorn the graves of children. Here, two examples are found in the Elmwood Cemetery at Charlotte, North Carolina.

The chubby grief-stricken little angel above sits atop the gravestone of a three-year old Frank F. Jones, Jr. in the Elmwood Cemetery at Charlotte, North Carolina. The angel holds his face into one of his pudgy hands while the other holds a rose in the other. The rose symbolizes the messianic hope that Christ will return.

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, are considered the closet to Heaven.  In Ezekiel 10:14, the Cherubim are described as having four likenesses or four faces, “And every one had four faces; the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.”  The Cherubim were to be guardian angels.

The cherub pictured below does not have a name carved into the stone. The angel looks off into the distance with his hands crossed and resting on his knees, crossing his legs at the ankles. His head is slightly bent downward in a posture of sorrow.


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