The sad cemetery angels of Brooklyn

The gentle hills and slopes of Brooklyn’s Evergreens Cemetery are filled with figures of angels: intermediaries between earth and heaven and messengers from God who guard the graves of the dead.

Different angel poses have different meanings. The one above appears to be dropping flower petals, which supposedly symbolizes the spreading of blessings.

Why this angel has its finger to its mouth, I’m not sure. The flowers could indicate a tribute—or that a life in bloom ended too soon.

Not all angels have wings, but perhaps this grief-stricken figure is meant to depict the deep Christian faith of the departed.

Green-Wood Cemetery at the other end of Brooklyn has plenty of haunting angel figures too.

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11 Responses to “The sad cemetery angels of Brooklyn”

  1. Josie Says:

    Maybe the angel by the “Lang” grave has her (his?) finger to the mouth to urge a respectful silence. Shhhh!

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    It certainly could be as simple as that!

  3. Frank Lynch Says:

    Try this exhausted one at Green-Wood:

    http://www.samueljohnson.com/blog/parchives/100412.html

  4. bornagainbrazilian Says:

    These are incredible. We lived in Manhattan for seven years and I’d always planned on visiting this cemetery… but never did.
    Love your blog. I miss New York.

  5. wildnewyork Says:

    Thanks! Come back and visit the Evergreens. It’s incredible, with a nice view of the skyline too.

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  10. Sufiya Says:

    The woman dangling off the cross..have you never seen that tattoo design that shows a dark stormy sea with a stone cross on a little island in the centre of it, and a woman hanging off the cross as though she was pulling herself from the waters? It’s called “Rock of Ages”. Just google “Rock of Ages tattoo” and see for yourself.

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