Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Lamb and Willow

This is a lovely example of two traditional Victorian symbols of mourning, the lamb and the willow tree. While the lamb on its own is often symbolic of a child, in combination with other symbols it is common on monuments of people of all ages. I spotted this beauty in Red Oak Cemetery in Georgetown, Ohio. This is one of the most peaceful and quiet cemeteries I have ever visited. There is a newer section at the front of the property, with the older stones behind a fence in the back.

Aunt Jemima (Rosie Riles) is buried in the newer section. When I was little, I remember her grave being laden with a makeshift memorial with stick-on mailbox letters and fake flowers. At my last visit, she had a nice stone with her likeness on it.

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