The epigraph inscribed on the monument bearing this beautiful sailing ship will evoke wonder and pathos for anyone who will pause to read and contemplate it.

Just a little further down into this page you will find instructions for enlarging this picture and any of the other small ones to full screen size. Also you will find instructions for saving any of these pictures to your own computer to view offline whenever you might care to.


 

Stone Art
A Photographic Survey of Monument Art at Enid Cemetery

 

by

David Harbour

 

Over the course of this last year I've spent many enjoyable hours in our fine cemetery photographing many examples of the fine art inscribed on many of its monuments. I've recently edited these down to a nice selection, all of them caught on film with the light at just the right angle to portray them to best effect.

This page, then, is essentially a catalogue of thumbnail pictures, each one linked to an identical picture at 800 X 600 pixels. To bring up the larger image for any thumbnail picture, make a single regular left mouse click on the thumbnail picture and the enlarged example will come up. The full screen picture will load most quickly for those with a high-speed Internet connection, and more slowly for those who have slower connections.

One may save the full screen picture to one's own hard drive by making a single right click on the picture, calling up a menu to select a "save picture as" dialogue box. Select the folder or subfolder of your choice to save the picture to by dropping down a menu (click on little upside down pyramid to the right of the "save in" title bar) and double clicking the folder of your choice up into the "save in" title bar and then clicking the "save" button.

I have kept the captions brief to let the beautiful stones mostly speak for themselves.

 

What a magical thing: the delicate, fragile beauty of roses sculpted in the hard, durable medium of granite. Who would have thought such a thing was possible, to be executed so realistically? As the poet said, it is truly "A miracle of rare device".

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few more examples of the beautiful flowers to be found in our cemetery. They look so fragile- but they are not. You may touch them without fear of damaging them, as they are executed in timeless granite, the material chosen by the pharaohs to execute their monuments for the ages in.

 

 

 

 

 

Enid has long been home to a large resident community of "freemasons". Usually the monuments for Masons have examples of their organization's ensigns inscribed on them. Many of them are very artfully executed. These first close-up photographs, above, represent some very small examples of the double headed eagle, an ensign designating the "Scottish", or Eastern rite Mason's fraternity. The first two examples here are in the Pellow family plot (they are the same inscribed image, the second one taken a little farther back to show the Methodist Church symbol adjacent the double eagle). The Pellows have been makers of fine monuments in Enid for a very long time. The inscribed "32" seen on these emblems designates the highest degree of initiation a Mason of this organization may attain to. Inasmuch as I am not an initiate myself, I am not knowledgeable about freemasonry, so I invite any of my readers who are Masons to correct me if I make a mis-statement regarding freemasonry. Simply click on the link at the bottom of this page, "contact the author", and give me the instruction I require to make accurate statements about masonry lore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a further selection of freemasonry ensigns in our cemetery. There are several large examples of the Scottish rite double headed eagle in our cemetery as well as the smaller ones. The large eagles usually show more detail and are more elaborate, as you can see in the first photograph, above. In the larger examples of the double eagle, one can plainly see the sword that the eagle is usually depicted as clutching in his talons. There are several pentagrams, or five pointed stars, depicted on many headstones in the cemetery. The inverted pentagram is the symbol for the "Eastern Star" auxiliary of freemasonry.

For the record, it is interesting to note that neither the double headed eagle nor the pentagram were originated as symbols by freemasonry, but had had considerable currency in Europe for a very long time. Notably, the double headed eagle was an ensign of the Holy Roman Empire under some of the emperors during the renaissance and pre-renaissance eras. The inverted pentagram has long been revered and venerated by occultists.

 

 

 

 

 

For our last offerings to you from our cemetery, we have pictures of two different sundials, and a close-up portrait of our beautiful angel, the same one you saw at the head of our home page.

As a designer of large, equatorially mounted astronomical instruments, I have long been fascinated by sundials. I designed our local science and art museum's large polar analemmic sundial, the only one of its kind in the world. Sundials are actually astronomical instruments that convey information about the apparent movements of the earth and the sun. These two sundials are simple azimuth dials, unlike the more complex and accurate polar analemmic dial at Leonardo's Discovery Warehouse. What is most interesting about them is that they are symbolic of our mortality; they denote the passage of time. They elevate our consciousness of the fact that we are mortal beings living in finite time. Please take a moment to enlarge each of these sundial pictures and read the quaint epigraph on each.

Here is a close-up photograph of one of our two lovely angels, both from the hand of the same artist. Her pensive face can suggest different things to different people. I sense, inside her, the essence of soul.

 

© 2000 David Anthony Harbour

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