The Heavenly City in the clouds symbolism is often seen on older tombstones.
Category: Tombstone Art
A candle with a flame, as tombstone art, symbolizes life, eternal life, and light. A burning candle brings light to darkness.
The Rock of Ages tombstone art inscription is usually depicted as a woman clinging to a cross, symbolizing faith. She is in a turbulent sea of waves and is clinging to the cross to be saved.
Occasionally you will see an animal that is part of a tombstone. I’m not talking abut live animals, like squirrels, which I often see scurrying around in cemeteries.
A common carving seen on older tombstones is a pair of clasped hands, what looks to be a handshake. This symbol was commonly used during the Victorian era. Clasped hands most often represent the hands of a husband and wife.