Monday, November 29, 2010

Symbolic Monday - Anchor


James Allen Padgett
1840 -1906
Born in Harrison County, Kentucky


Anchor - Hope or eternal life. Often on sailors' graves. Anchors are also a Masonic symbol for well-grounded hope, therefore they are often found on Masons' graves.



Anchor - Early Christians used the anchor as a disguised cross, and as a marker to guide the way to secret meeting places. A Christian symbol of hope, it is found as funerary symbolism in the art of the catacombs. Often set amongst rocks. It can also be an occupational symbol in sea-faring areas or the attribute of Saint Nicholas, patron saint of seamen, symbolized hope and steadfastness. An anchor with a broken chain stands for the cessation of life.

http://www.vintageviews.org/vv-tl/pages/Cem_Symbolism.htm#objects