“Show me your cemeteries, and I will tell you what kind of people you have.”
~ Benjamin Franklin (1706 ~ 1790)
Old burial sites are fragile treasures that are reliquaries holding our past. Full of sacred, artistic, historic, and genealogical information, they tell us who were are, what was important to us, and how we got where we are today.
Iconography is the art of representation by pictures or images on gravestones.
Angels represent spiritual messengers…
Books denote mortality, and hourglasses mean the sands of time of life have run out. The lamb, seen most often on a child’s grave, signifies innocence and purity.
Out to Pasture
A hand pointing downward shows a sudden death…
While an upward pointing hand and perhaps even the tilt of the head
Angel Child I
During the 1800s flowers and plants became popular. Flowers represent the fragility of life and plucked flowers indicate the early severance of a life in bloom. A rosebud is usually on the stone of a child. A rose in partial bloom is for a teenager. A rose in full bloom means death in the prime of life, while a broken rosebud denotes life cut short.
I have always been fascinated with cemeteries ~ I do appreciate the iconography, but also the scale of the architecture, the beautiful angels, the decorative wrought iron gates and crosses, the mystery. New Orleans Cross IV
They are mounted on a hand cut gift tag also made of Strathmore, acid free, 140 lb. cold press watercolour paper and I added a little black scalloped edge to the photo to make it “pop.” A generous eight-inch (8”) black organza or tiny polka dot ribbon pulls through a black metal eyelet for tying.
Remember, these are original photographs, not clip art!
With your order you will receive an assortment of four (4) tags. I will make the selection, but if you have any preferences please let me know when you place your order. I will be happy to accommodate your request. They are priced at $18 for a set of four.
All of the photographs shown are available in my shop as Limited Edition ACEOs (with the exception of the tags which are open edition), and enlargements with image sizes approximately 5” x 5” or 5” x 7” matted to 11” x 14”; and 8” x 8” or 8” x 12” matted to 14” x 14” or 14" x 18".
(Some of the information regarding iconography came from various sources. All of the photography is my original work.)