Hovering heads

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A picture taken this afternoon in the Old South Street Cemetery, Fitchburg, Mass. It's a wonder that images of this kind, which are so striking, don't appear more places in the culture at large (literature, art, etc.).

The stone belongs to Thomas Cowden, Esq., d. 1792, and the carver I believe was John Dwight of Shirley.

Ott 25, 2010, 4:18pm

It seems like the only images like these occur in Massachusetts. I live in the midwest and am certain I've never seen any.

Ott 25, 2010, 4:18pm

By the way, how do you know who the carver is?

Ott 25, 2010, 4:45pm

Better make that a New England phenomena...or possibly the original colonies. I see quite a few.

although the skull motif is more fun -

Ott 26, 2010, 1:22pm

I've got a few photos of these in my genealogy files: