Funeral Urn

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(also cinerary urn), a ceramic, stone, or, more rarely, metal vessel for the cremated remains of the dead.

Funeral urns have been used by most peoples; they were first used by many tribes during the Aeneolithic and were widespread among the ancient Greeks, Romans, Slavs, and other peoples. Usually, everyday vessels or similar such vessels were used as funeral urns. Face urns, with schematic representations of human faces on the neck or lid, appeared at the end of the third millennium B.C. Sometimes funeral urns were in the shape of a dwelling (for example, the urns of the Villanovan culture in northern Italy at the beginning of the first millennium B.C.) or of a human figure (among the Etruscans). The urns were often placed in flat graves, without mounds (for example, the Urnfield culture). In ancient Rome, urns containing the ashes of ancestors were kept in the homes of relatives or descendants or in columbaria.

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He retraced his steps thoughtfully along the causeway to the banks of the lake, and sat down on the stone steps between the two sculptured funeral urns.
post-Elizabethan) by having his picture painted as he stood wrapped in his shroud on a funeral urn.
The provision of covers, coffins and their internal and external accessories and of funeral urns
The urns, three dimensional or carved in relief, were a symbol that echoed a time even further back, ancient times when they represented funeral urns.
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Thousands of pieces of furniture, photocopiers, cars, works of art and even clothes lie forlornly in the chilly silence: all sorts of things have ended up crammed inside the vast depots, from funeral urns to piles of climbing shoes.
Inside the small opening in the cliff the two men found themselves surrounded by niches dug into the rock similar to those used by the Romans to hold funeral urns, while what appeared to be human bones littered the floor.
com) now offering items such as caskets and funeral urns, the industry has had to adapt, placing an increased emphasis on service and personalization.
That helps explain why Jamison has decided to sell advertising space on a pair of funeral urns, one of which will go to his wife when he dies, and one to his parents.
The temporary museum in this southeast London suburb boasts a shadowy maze filled with statuary and funeral urns on dusty cardboard shelves and a full-size effigy of the "Nunhead Knight" clutching a sword.
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Figures of women grieving before funeral urns were themes used on ivory miniatures and in Staffordshire pottery, while porcelain plaques showing angels bearing away deceased children were also popular since the infant mortality death rate was high.