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Gravestone Iconology

Headstone icons provide insight into the life of the person buried there. Because hand-carving was labor intensive and expensive (most carvers charged by the letter), icons were sometimes used to help convey the story of the deceased’s life and/or death without the use of words.

Chain Links (3)

Divine Trinity

Coffin

Mortality

Columns

Heavenly entrance

Cross

Emblem of faith

Draped Urn

Sorrow, mourning

Flag

Military service

Flower

Fragility of life

Fruit

Eternal plenty

Garland

Victory in death

Hand Pointing Down

The Hand of God

descending from Heaven

Hand Pointing Up

Pathway to heaven

Ivy

Immortality

Laurel Branch/Leaves

Special achievement

Oak Leaves/Acorn

Maturity, ripe old age

Torch Inverted

End of life, death

Tree Stump

The beauty of life

Urn

Immortality, soul

Weeping Willow

Perpetual mourning,

grief

Wheat Sheaf

Ripe for the harvest,

divine harvest

Wreath

Hope

BURDETT MANSION

Home of

Woburn Historical Society

7 Mishawum Road

PO Box 91

Woburn, MA  01801

781.933.5002

[email protected]

www.WoburnHistoricalSociety.org

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OFFICE HOURS:

Mondays and Wednesdays

10 am to 2 pm

Bill and ​Joyce Cummings

The Society is extremely grateful to be a recipient of a Cummings Foundation Grant.

Thank you to these Woburn businesses for their generous support!

SPONSORS

George's Auto Body

Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home

McLaughlin-Dello Russo Funeral Service

Mooney Dental, Kevin Mooney

J. Sallese & Sons, Inc.


BENEFACTORS

Kiwanis Club of Woburn

Lawton Real Estate, Inc.

Lennon Insurance


SUPPORTERS

Little Folks Day School

Tocci Building Corporation



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