The neo-classical angel on this white marble gravestone in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio, looks downward with a sorrowful expression as she leans against the torch, the flames curling at its base. The beautifully carved bas-relief angel is on a gravestone from the 1850s. Unfortunately the name of the deceased is difficult to discern.
The flame on the gravestone is symbolic of the soul. The inverted torch represents a life that has been extinguished. Angels are popular images found in cemeteries throughout the world. The English word “angel,” is derived from the Greek word “aggelos” meaning messenger or herald. Here the angel brings the news that a life has been lost.