Death and Father Time

05 Apr

Symbolism is prevalent on gravestones. This image is one of my favorites (so much so that I used it as the banner for this blog) because of the symbols and the wonderful carving.

Death against Father Time with the candle of life

In this image, we see Death, represented by a skeleton, trying to extinguish the candle of life.  On the opposite side of the candle is Father Time, hourglass in hand, attempting to prevent Death from putting out the candle.

This wonderful carving is on the gravestone of Rebecca Gerrish, located at King’s Chapel Burying Ground in Boston.


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4 responses to “Death and Father Time

  1. Heather Rojo

    April 26, 2011 at 10:33 am

    This carving is particularly interesting because Rebecca was only 22 when she died. No wonder Father Time is trying to stop Death from extinguishing her flame of life.

    • dwsuddarth

      April 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      This is one of my favorite stones. It is sad that she was only 22.

  2. zorema

    February 10, 2012 at 6:23 am

    and can you please tell me, when did Rebecca died? I mean the date of her death, especially the year. Thank you

    • dwsuddarth

      February 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Rebecca died Oct. 29, 1743 at the age of 22 yrs., 6 months


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