Sunday, September 27, 2009

Elaborate Urn

Sometimes, the urns on 19th-century gravestones are embellished with delicate details — initials, fronds, garlands, and, very rarely, soul effigies.

This teeny, vestigial soul effigy is about an inch tall. It is very rare to find soul effigies on gravestones carved after 1820 unless the carver was specifically trying to replicate an outdated style.

Capt. Atwood Drew
d. 1823
Plymouth, MA

1 comment:

Robert J. said...

Fascinating. Do you know the carver? I wonder if it's characteristic of a particular workshop.