As popular as the skull and bones was, as time progressed it was replaced by a similar figure of an angelic winged head, which signified the Resurrection of the deceased rising to heaven.  These came in many guises, for example in Renaissance art they were depicted as cherubims, to signify the souls of the Blessed. Another form of symbolism that became popular during the Eighteenth Century was the addition of vegetation, such as palm fronds, leaf fronds, fruit etc, which signified the renewal of life.

 

Below are just a few examples of the different mortality symbols that can be found in graveyards. Please click on image for larger size.

The Urn Carrier
The Urn Carrier
Kirkmichael Burial Ground, Resolis
The Clasping Hands
The Clasping Hands
Gaelic Cemetery, Cromarty
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit
Cullicudden Old Burial Ground, Cullicudden
The Griffins
The Griffins
Parish Churchyard, Rosemarkie
The Stag
The Stag
Chapel Yard, Inverness
Old Father Time
Old Father Time
Fortrose Cathedral, Fortrose
The Avoch Urn
The Avoch Urn
Avoch Burial Ground, Avoch
The Rosskeen Mausoleum
The Rosskeen Mausoleum
Old Rosskeen Burial Ground, Rosskeen
The Death Flame
The Death Flame
Invermoriston Burial Ground, Invermoriston, Inverness-shire
Kirkhill Priest 1
Kirkhill Priest 1
Kirkhill Burial Ground, Kirkhill, Nr Beauly
Babie
Babie
Avoch Parish Churchyard, Avoch, Ross-shire
Kirkhill Priest 2
Kirkhill Priest 2
Kirkhill Burial Ground, Kirkhill, Nr Beauly
The Shell Marker
The Shell Marker
Chapel Yard, Inverness
The Avoch Twins
The Avoch Twins
Old Churchyard, Avoch
Extended Triskele
Extended Triskele
Gaelic Chapel Cemetery, Cromarty
Fallen Fruits
Fallen Fruits
St. Clement's, Dingwall, Ross-shire
The Child's Obelisk
The Child's Obelisk
St. Magnus Cathedral Burial Ground, Kirkwall, Orkney
The Pointing Finger
The Pointing Finger
Orphir Burial Ground, Orphir, Orkney
The Lady in the Trees
The Lady in the Trees
Old Rosskeen Burial Ground, Rosskeen
The Stag and Crown
The Stag and Crown
Rosskeen Burial Ground, Ross-shire.
Grant Chest Tomb
Grant Chest Tomb
Invermoriston Burial Ground, Invermoriston, Inverness-shire
Victorian Drapery
Victorian Drapery
Chapel Yard, Inverness.
St. Clement's Urn
St. Clement's Urn
St. Clement's, Dingwall, Ross-shire
The Sleeping Infant
The Sleeping Infant
Avoch Parish Churchyard, Avoch, Ross-shire
Crucifixion
Crucifixion
Fortress Old Burial Ground, Fortress, Ross-shire
Wee Portraiture
Wee Portraiture
Tomnahurich Cemetery, Inverness.
The Old Nigg Chest Tomb
The Old Nigg Chest Tomb
Nigg Old Churchyard, Nigg, Ross-shire
Dove and Goodbyes
Dove and Goodbyes
Stennes Burial Ground, Stennes, Orkney
The Armadale Knight
The Armadale Knight
Armadale Castle Museum, Armadale, Isle of Skye
The Wee Child
The Wee Child
Avoch Parish Churchyard, Avoch, Ross-shire
Chapel Yard Draped Urn 1
Chapel Yard Draped Urn 1
Chapel Yard, Inverness
Armadale Grave Slab
Armadale Grave Slab
Armadale Castle Museum, Armadale, Isle of Skye
Chapel Yard Mason
Chapel Yard Mason
Chapel Yard, Inverness
Sunshine Dove
Sunshine Dove
Orphir Burial Ground, Orphir, Orkney
The Rosetted Dove
The Rosetted Dove
Chapel Yard, Inverness
The Obituary
The Obituary
Rosskeen Burial Ground, Ross-shire
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