Monday, January 2, 2012

Grave images: Lambs

We see them in so many cemeteries, new or old: Small markers at the graves of infants and children featuring carvings or statues of lambs.

The lamb, a popular Christian symbol for Jesus, represents innocence and purity—the perfect image for a child’s gravestone.

“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)
The lamb’s posture appears to contribute to the symbolism as well. I have not seen gravestone with a standing lamb, have you?

Frieda Louise Hamler, Groveport Cemetery, Franklin County, Ohio
Infant and Evy Harris, Mitchell Cemetery, Union County, Ohio
Freddie Bannon, Dublin Cemetery, Franklin County, Ohio
Unknown, Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware County, Ohio
Isabell Brakebill, Fletcher Chapel Cemetery, Fairfield County, Ohio
Dearth Infants, Candler Cemetery, Hardin County, Ohio

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