Monday, September 5, 2011

The Angel Is In The Details

I've passed this monument many times in the past. Located in a high plot overlooking the stream that divides the South and Middle Ridges, its ornate white marble design catches one's eye.

However, until recently, I'd never climbed the dilapidated marble steps nearby to take a close look and I simply didn't realize just how detailed this headstone is. It features inverted torches embellished with stylized floral bands, garlands of roses, clasped hands, classical columns, a Sacred Heart motif on the back, and a Gothic quatrefoil.

But my favorite detail is definitely the angel leaning gracefully - almost casually - against the top of the monument.

This monument marks the graves of Jacob Henry, a partner in a local stoneware pottery business, and his wife, Mary Ann.

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