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Meanings of Gravestone Carvings and Art



Arches

Victory in Death

Arrows

Mortality

Bouquets/flowers

condolences, grief, sorrow

Roses

Brevity of earthly existence

Portals

Passageway to eternal journey

Bugles

Resurrection and the military

Crossed Swords

High-ranking military person

Flying Birds

Flight of the soul

Fruits

Eternal plenty

Garlands

Victory in death

Imps

Mortality

Shells

Pilgrimage of life

Thistles

Remembrance

Tombs

Mortality

Trees

Life

Trumpeters

Heralds of the resurrection

Willows

Earthly sorrow

Morning Glory

Beginning of life

Butterfly

Short-lived; early death

Full-Bloom Rose

Prime of life

Palm Branch

Signifies victory and rejoicing

Ivy

Friendship and immortality

Laurel

Fame or victory

Oak Leaves & Acorn

Maturity, ripe old age

Weeping Willow

Emblem of sorrow

Corn

Ripe old age

Sheaf of Wheat

Ripe for harvest, divine harvest time

Poppy

Sleep

Lamb

Innocence

Dove

Innocence, gentleness, affection, purity

Cherub

Angelic

Cross

Emblem of faith

Anchor/Ships

Hope or seafaring profession

Broken Ring

Family circle severed

Broken Column

Loss of head of family

Torch Inverted

Life extinct

Urn with Blaze

Undying friendship

Harp

Praise to the Maker

Handshakes

Farewell

Hearts

Soul in bliss or love of Christ

Horns

The Resurrection

Hourglass

Swiftness of time

Open Book/ Bible

Deceased teacher, minister, etc.

Lily or Lily of Valley

Emblem of innocence and purity

Tree Stump w/Ivy

Head of family; immortality

Urn with /wreath or crepe

mourning

Stars & Stripes Around Eagle

Eternal vigilance, liberty

Hourglass w/Wings of Time

Time flying; short life

Candle being Snuffed

Time, mortality

Coffin, Father Time, picks/shovels, darts

mortality

Hand of God Chopping

Sudden death

Winged Effigies

Flight of the soul

   

Transcribed by © Donald Aikman

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