Symbolism Sunday, The Trumpet

October 31, 2010

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday, let’s get started. Oh, it’s Halloween? And I’m running a blog about educating you about death yet there’s nothing too morbid about this one? Well, it is early in the morning and you’re no doubt tired, who wants to roll over and see skulls and crossbones staring back at them? Maybe later today if you’re lucky. Right now, it’s time to blow one’s own trumpet:

The trumpet can mostly be seen being blown by cherubs in 17th century mourning pieces, often balanced with a skeleton, scythe or other memento mori symbols. You can see this in slides and beneath the crystals of the time. It was quite popular during the 19th century as well, often in brooches and pins, but used as a predominantly peripheral symbol and not as a primary symbol. The trumpet lost much of its use post c.1740, as it wasn’t one of the more popular memento mori symbols, and by the Neoclassical movement of the 1760s onwards, its use as a symbol could still be found sparingly in more unique and personalised depictions or anachronistic pieces. With these painted Neoclassical depictions, the trumpet may be found on its own or leaning against a tomb or plinth, rather than its typical use with the cherub interaction.

The trumpet symbolises victory and resurrection, but if seen being blown by an angel, it also represents the day of judgement and call to the resurrection.

Enjoy your Halloween, my friends and I’ll see you soon!

Previously on Symbolism Sunday:

The Male

The Woman

The Three Graces

Faith, Hope and Charity

The Clover

The Willow

The Column

The Hourglass

The Serpent

The Dove

The Dog

The Angel

The Marigold / Lily

28 Responses to “Symbolism Sunday, The Trumpet”


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