Wheat Shaft in Shadow Box

Image of decorative wheat shaft in shadow box.
Nature in mourning art

This decorative wheat shaft was placed on the grave of James Franklin Moss (1825-1904), a farmer from Jersey County. Wheat is a typical motif of mourning art. It symbolizes the divine harvest of death and the resurrection of the soul. There was also a practical reason for using wheat to decorate a grave; before refrigeration made flowers widely available in rural areas year-round, mourners would make sentimental tokens with materials at hand.

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