The dictionary defines an effigy as a representation of a specific person in the form of a three-dimensional sculpture. In modern times the effigy is often seen in the form of a photograph printed on porcelain and embedded into the headstone.


However; before this medium was available, images of the dead were carved into stone in the form of a medallion (a circular device bearing a portrait or relief moulding). Symbolic of the soul, it was a perpetual remembrance of the departed.

I shall be satisfied when awake with thy likeness.


Here Damon lies, whose songs did sometime grace
The murmuring Esk, may roses shade the place. Words from a sonnet by Chaucer

How bright these glorious spirits shine


How treasured are the memories of the past


The love that we shared is everlasting and true


Together we find strength in sweet memories of you.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s