This striking Memento Mori headstone pictured below was taken at St Cuthbert’s in Edinburgh.
There are elements of this image that we haven’t worked out yet. We don’t know what is above the hourglass and it looks like a modern day light bulb, but it can’t be. Also, is the vase that supports the hourglass significant?
Who are the Two Figures on this Memento Mori Headstone?
We’ve spent hours trying to work out who the two figures represent and we think that they maybe small children known as ‘Putti’. We have come to this conclusion because most images of Adam and Eve would have a tree between them or could be pictured with a serpent.
Below are some of the elements that we have worked out, but when deciphering the true meaning of a headstone, you have to be confident with every visible symbol and this is why we are asking for your help. We would love to read your thoughts on this, so please do get in touch!
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Memento Mori Hourglass
These two figures hold up a hourglass to represent the passing of life on Earth. They each stand on a skull that reminds us all of what we become.
They both hold inverted torches that denotes the passing of the soul to the afterlife and they are surrounded by lavish drapery.
Drapery on Headstone
Drapery on a headstone usually depicts the veil between life and death and the crossing of that plane and to others it can symbolise God’s protection until Resurrection
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