Father Time

The monument marking the SENG -EICHER family graves in the Cave Hill Cemetery at Louisville, Kentucky, is not only a sundial, but the dial itself also displays another motif—the image of the grim reaper.  As the old Doublemint Gum commercial blared to TV audiences, “Two, Two Mints in one.”  Only in this case—it is two symbols in one.

The sundial, in this case, marks the passage of time and in funerary art symbolizes the passage of time.

The other motif—Father Time—is characterized as an old man wearing a long hooded cloak, sporting a long beard, and carrying a scythe.   It is appropriate for Father Time to be depicted on a sundial–an instrument of time.

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