Cemetery Symbols

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Symbols used on cemetery monuments provide a muted yet powerful message about the grave occupant. This collection of monument images shows the contexts in which the symbols are used.

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Cemetery Symbols

  1. 1. Cemetery symbols
  2. 2. Cemetery Symbols <ul><li>Symbols: Objects that carry a secondary meaning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Abstract concepts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sorrow </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mortality </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Religious faith </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hope in resurrection </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Individualised messages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Information about the life of the deceased </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hobbies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Profession </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Symbols and their meanings <ul><li>Acroterion (Acroteria) = decoration </li></ul><ul><li>Anchor = faith, sailor </li></ul><ul><li>Angel = God’s messenger </li></ul><ul><li>Book = book of Life (recording a name destined for eternity) </li></ul><ul><li>Bugle = soldier </li></ul><ul><li>Candelabra = ancient symbol of Judaism (Jews) </li></ul><ul><li>Calvary = Trinity (Father, Son & Holy Spirit) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Symbols and their meanings <ul><li>Column = commemoration of a life (Broken column = a life cut short) </li></ul><ul><li>Cross = symbolic of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross </li></ul><ul><li>Dove = peace </li></ul><ul><li>Drape = mourning </li></ul><ul><li>Finial = Gothic decoration </li></ul><ul><li>Grapevine = Christ and His church </li></ul><ul><li>Hands = devotion, parting, reuniting at death </li></ul><ul><li>Heart = person, devotion </li></ul>
  5. 5. Symbols and their meanings <ul><li>IHS = “ I esous,” (Greek word for Jesus) </li></ul><ul><li>I.N.R.I. = “ I esus Nazarenus Rex I udaeorum” (Jesus, King of the Jews) </li></ul><ul><li>Ivy = tenacious (persistent) faith </li></ul><ul><li>Koen = Jewish priestly blessing </li></ul><ul><li>Lily = resurrection </li></ul><ul><li>Magen David = Jewish identity </li></ul><ul><li>Pebbles = “I have visited your resting place” </li></ul><ul><li>Urn = mourning </li></ul>
  6. 6. Symbols and their meanings <ul><li>Obelisk = Rays of the Sun </li></ul><ul><li>Rose = shortness of life (bud = child, flower = adult) </li></ul><ul><li>Scroll = life, time </li></ul><ul><li>Square & compass = Freemasonry </li></ul><ul><li>Star = Christ </li></ul><ul><li>Washing = descendant of Levi </li></ul>
  7. 7. Acroteria
  8. 8. Acroteria (Shells)
  9. 9. Anchor
  10. 10. Anchor
  11. 11. Anchor
  12. 12. Anchor
  13. 13. Angel
  14. 14. Angel and Rustic Cross
  15. 15. Angel and Rustic Cross
  16. 16. Canopied Angel and Flaming Urns
  17. 17. Mourning Angels
  18. 18. Book
  19. 19. Book
  20. 20. Book
  21. 21. Bugle
  22. 22. Calvary and Latin Cross
  23. 23. Calvary and Latin Cross
  24. 24. Calvary and Latin Cross
  25. 25. Calvary and Latin Cross
  26. 26. Calvary Cross
  27. 27. Inhabited Cross and Calvary
  28. 28. Seven-Branched Candelabra
  29. 29. Rustic Column
  30. 30. Shrouded Column
  31. 31. Shrouded column
  32. 32. Shrouded column
  33. 33. Shrouded column
  34. 34. Broken Column
  35. 35. Shrouded, wreathed, broken column
  36. 36. Bottonee Cross
  37. 37. Fleury Cross
  38. 38. Fleury Cross
  39. 39. Fleury Cross
  40. 40. Celtic Crosses
  41. 41. Celtic Crosses
  42. 42. Celtic Cross
  43. 43. Celtic Cross
  44. 44. Celtic Cross and “IHS”
  45. 45. Celtic Cross and “IHS”
  46. 46. Celtic Cross
  47. 47. Celtic Cross
  48. 48. Celtic Cross
  49. 49. Eastern Orthodox (Russian) Cross
  50. 50. Russian Cross
  51. 51. Russian Cross
  52. 52. Russian Cross
  53. 53. Russian Cross
  54. 54. Rustic Russian Cross
  55. 55. Russian Cross and Roses
  56. 56. “ Inhabited” Russian Cross
  57. 57. “ Canopied” Russian Cross
  58. 58. Slate Inscription
  59. 59. Shrouded Die and Cross
  60. 60. Celtic Cross
  61. 61. Celtic Cross
  62. 62. Rustic Cross
  63. 63. Rustic Cross
  64. 64. Rustic Cross
  65. 65. Canopied Cross
  66. 66. Dove
  67. 67. Dove
  68. 68. Dove
  69. 69. Dove
  70. 70. Finial
  71. 71. Grapevine
  72. 72. Clasped hands
  73. 73. Clasped Hands
  74. 74. IHS
  75. 75. Heart
  76. 76. Ivy
  77. 77. Ivy
  78. 78. Koen
  79. 79. Lily
  80. 80. Lily
  81. 81. Lion
  82. 82. Magen David – the “Star of David”
  83. 83. Koen
  84. 84. 7-branched candelabra
  85. 85. AIF plaque - Christian
  86. 86. AIF plaque - Jewish
  87. 87. AIF soldier headstone - Jewish
  88. 88. Magen David and Koen
  89. 89. Scroll
  90. 90. Canopied Angel and Broken Column
  91. 91. Broken Column
  92. 92. Mourner
  93. 93. Mourner
  94. 94. Sport
  95. 95. Sport
  96. 96. Richard Ramo’s Mausoleum
  97. 97. Richard Ramo’s Mausoleum
  98. 98. Richard Ramo’s Mausoleum
  99. 99. Richard Ramo’s Mausoleum
  100. 100. Richard Ramo’s Mausoleum
  101. 101. Richard Ramo’s Mausoleum
  102. 102. Richard Ramo’s Mausoleum
  103. 103. Richard Ramo’s Mausoleum
  104. 104. Richard Ramo’s Mausoleum
  105. 105. Sailor’s hat
  106. 106. Cross
  107. 107. Canopied Chest Tomb
  108. 108. Canopied Chest Tomb
  109. 109. Canopied Chest Tomb
  110. 110. “ Sursum Corda”
  111. 111. “ Lift Up Your Hearts”
  112. 112. Life’s Journey: From Greece to Brisbane
  113. 113. Flaming, Shrouded Urn
  114. 114. Sentinel Obelisks and Mourner
  115. 115. Monogram
  116. 116. Monogram
  117. 117. Crossed Rifles and Scroll
  118. 118. Governor Blackall’s Gothic Spire
  119. 119. Military Glory
  120. 120. Monogram
  121. 121. Obelisk
  122. 122. Obelisk
  123. 123. Obeliski
  124. 124. Columns and Obeliski
  125. 125. Obelisk
  126. 126. Pebbles
  127. 127. Pebbles
  128. 128. Pebbles
  129. 129. Portrait
  130. 130. Star
  131. 131. Rustic Scroll
  132. 132. Chest Tomb
  133. 133. Square & compasses
  134. 134. Torah (Jewish Holy Text)
  135. 135. Rose
  136. 136. Draped Urn
  137. 137. Jewish ritual washing

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