At first sight the carved details seem well preserved so you may need to look carefully to notice that the winged cherubs have somehow lost their heads while guarding this magnificent tomb in Glasgow’s Victorian cemetery, the Necropolis.
Lovers of Green Men will see three stylized examples under the cherubs’ feet, their beards falling decoratively over the stonework.
The Glasgow Necropolis overlooks the city from a hillside and is full of architectural details and styles of decoration, so is well worth a visit if you enjoy stonework or church design (it’s opposite St Mungo’s Cathedral with its wonderful stained glass).
I took a few more pictures, but didn’t think they fit this particular prompt.
A question from a thoughtful reader, Oneta Hayes, (see below) inspired me to find out more. After a little fruitless searching, I remembered the monument was also decorated with comedy and tragedy masks, which was enough to track it down. The picture shows a detail from a large monument by Alexander Handyside Ritchie to John Henry Alexander who died in 1851. The National Galleries of Scotland have more information on their website. I also found a transcription of a lengthy (and, for me fascinating) obituary from the Glasgow Herald, on the Memento Mori website (you’ll need to scroll down a little to see it). The obituary is illuminating not only on the life of John Henry Alexandra, but also on the times and social attitudes of his day. It also touches on a perennial quandary for the arts: the relationship between commerciality and fine art.