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West Norwood Cemetery

Clifford P. Williams

Rabboni

Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C., USA

September 28, 2013 2:32 pm

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Rock Creek Cemetery has many interesting examples of Victorian era sculptures dedicated to the mortality of the departed by their loved ones that commissioned them, grandiose examples of the Victorian era’s morbid fascination and obsession with death.

This sculpture, titled “Rabboni”, was created by artist Gutzon Borglum, who is best known for his work “Mount Rushmore”. The statue marks the grave of Washington banker Charles Matthews Ffoulke and depicts Mary Magdalene emerging from Christ’s tomb. The weathered face appears more ghoulish with black “tears” falling from the figure’s eyes.

On the back of the stone structure bears a bronze plaque bearing the names of members of the Ffoulke family along with the inscription:
  • The end of birth is death
  • The end of death is life and
  • Wherefore mournest thou

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Canon T3i with a Sigma 8mm f/3.5, Nodal Ninja 3 and Manfrotto 190CXPO4, PTGui Pro 9 , Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop CS6
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