“Alms For the Dead” Poster, 24x36”

$45.00 USD

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Make any space as unique as you are with this beautiful, original poster print.

* Thick, premium paper
* Resists crinkling, scuffs, and fingerprints
* Luster sheen
* Certified low-VOC ink
* Plastic-free packaging

“Alms for the Dead” Poster, 24x36”

Details

Photographed in Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery, this lovely statue decorated with remembrance coins evokes both paying Charon (the ferryman of ancient Greek mythology) and giving alms to practice generosity.

With its classic yet minimal design, this black and white poster will fit into a wide variety of home decor styles – Victorian, Arts & Crafts, cottage, farmhouse, modern, and more.

Symbolism

Known as the Farmer Monument, this angel at Atlanta’s historic Oakland Cemetery is a favorite place for visitors to leave coins.

Leaving coins at a grave serves both as a token of remembrance and an aid to the departed soul in moving on after death.

This connection of coins with easing transition to the afterlife has existed in many cultures, tracing back thousands of years.

Perhaps the best known example hails from ancient Greece. A coin would be placed on the deceased person’s mouth to pay Charon, the ferryman, to transport them across the river Acheron to Hades.

Only those who had received a proper burial and who could pay Charon were allowed in the underworld. The rest were doomed to wander Acheron’s shores for all eternity.

(Modern retellings often mistakenly replace Acheron with Styx, another river in Hades better known to us today.)