Forms of monuments on the grave: classic, unusual and truly surprising
A tombstone is a stone, a plate or a sculpture overthe grave. It is installed in order to honor the memory of the deceased. In different religions and cultures, the gravestones are not the same: they differ in form, material, style and type of execution. Let's talk about what kind of monuments can be on the grave.
Classic types of tombstones
Tombstones can be made in the form of a simple vertical slab with a round or pointed apex. Such forms of monuments on the grave are characteristic of the Christian religion.
In the West, very often there are horizontal tombstones that lie flat on the ground. They are chosen because of the rather low cost.
Monuments on the grave in the shape of the obelisk are foundless often. Obelisk is a tall conical monument, standing on a square base and usually tapering upward. Obelisks can be cultural monuments or crown communal graves, but they are not often installed in cemeteries. The fact is that such gravestones are worth considerable money.
The described forms of monuments on the grave are foundin the Christian culture. They are typical for Jews and Muslims. In the cemeteries of the West, you can also see special tombstones on the graves of the military, a variety of sculptures, memorial benches and even small chapels.
Let us dwell in more detail on unusual and surprisingly beautiful tombstones.
Monumental sculptures - monuments, endowed with soul
The sculptures on the graves have been established since the timesRenaissance. Sometimes they have a portrait resemblance to the deceased and reflect the posture or facial expression of his character, and sometimes depict the very grief embodied in the image of an angel or a woman in deep mourning. We list the known types of funeral ritual monuments on the graves of the dead, executed in the form of statues.
- Angels. They are usually depicted in a humble, full grief pose.
- Cherubs are babies with wings. Most often these statues are placed on the graves of children.
- Children. Sometimes on the burial places of children sculptures depict the most departed child, mourning his untimely departure from life.
- Women are mourning women. Their presence in the cemetery expresses sadness from the loss of a loved one.
- Draped pillars or stele. Columns and pillars themselves are symbols of a noble life. Drapery also means mourning, sadness and humility.
One of the most famous memorial sculptures -angel of sorrow. It was created by the American sculptor William Whitmore in 1894, now is on the grave of the artist and his wife. In the image of the angel of sorrow, other tombstones were created.
Such forms of monuments on the grave are found infrequently. They are more characteristic of the West. They are placed in public places or next to the graves of deceased relatives.
The most famous memorial benches are the memories of the American writer John Walter Lord of the Younger, the rock and roll singer Ian Dury, the Nobel Prize winner in physics Cecil Frank Powell.
Monuments that surprise
About what there are monuments of more traditional forms, we have already talked. Now we turn to the most unusual and amazing tombstones.
- Monument in Roermond, Netherlands. Husband and wife belonged to different religious denominations and to be together after death, unfortunately, could not.
- Monument at the tomb of Fernand Arbelot. He was an actor and musician, and after death wished to contemplate eternally the face of his beautiful wife.
- A gravestone depicting Jesus, which seems to be swinging on a swing a little girl. This monument symbolizes that we are all in the hands of God.
- A tombstone, next to which was dug a cellar. This is the grave of a little girl, who during her lifetime was very afraid of thunderstorms. In rainy weather, when lightning flashed in the sky, her mother went down to the basement to be with her daughter and calm her down.
- Stone tombstone, enclosed behind a steelgrating. At a time when the study of anatomy on human corpses was forbidden, medical students were forced to extract bodies, exhuming them. Relatives of rich people, of course, did not want to allow such interference in the burial places of their deceased relatives.
Whatever the form of the tombstone, the traditionalor unusual, surprising, it is unlikely to be the most important tribute to the deceased. The main thing is in the hearts. It is a bright memory and love, and hope for a meeting in a better world.