Suzanna Jayne - 1776, Marblehead, MA
This may very well be the most eccentric and beautiful gravestone in the United States. Shown here in both copper metallic and silver metallic colors.
The hooped snake represents eternal renewal. The skeleton, wearing a laurel, holds a staff and is a graphic representation of Death. The cherubs in the upper corners and the bats in the lower corners are representative of the two paths that may be followed after death. The Death figure holds a sun and moon in his hands, another symbol of cyclical renewal, possibly representing the cycles of the seasons, day and night - but most of all, life and death.
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