King of Terrors, old symbolic gravestone, Scottish Borders - Stock image

Europe, Memorial, Monument, Scotland, Scottish Borders

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Stock photo ID:174843122
Upload date:July 26, 2013

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This magnificent old 17th century symbolic headstone depicts the 'King of Terrors' and stands at an impressive 1.5 metres. The standing skeleton with a weapon of death - the scythe, is the personification of Death (the King of Terrors). The symbols on the right from top to bottom are: the grave-digger's tools of a crossed spade and turf-cutter; and a Deid Bell. This handbell was rung to give notice of funerals and at the funeral itself. A further symbol (now unfortunately weathered away) would have been an hour-glass (indicating the passing of time). A skull representing Death and crossed bones complete the emblems of mortality on this headstone.
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