The Chans and Co.


I must admit, I find this gravestone a bit odd. I can understand the busts of the people buried here, but the flower girls on the side don't seem to fit, especially since this is obviously an Asian family's grave. 

In any case, it gave me something to photograph and ponder as I was making my way through Mount Pleasant a few weeks ago. And if you'd like to see more cemeteries, visit Tapophile Tragics.

17 comments:

Paul in Powell River said...

I don't know about odd, but I certainly think it's overdone. Whereas the one on the back left is a tad less pretentious.

cieldequimper said...

Eh bien, voilà de quoi impressionner pour la postérité...

Olivier said...

un tres beau memorial

Cezar and Léia said...

I think they were some important and rich family!
Léia

VP said...

Taste was not their strenght...

EG CameraGirl said...

Too ostentatious for my taste but definitely photo worthy. :)

VioletSky said...

this would be quite enough without all those figures, I think.

Nicola Carpenter said...

The flower girls to detract from what would be a stunning monument. Death doesn't guarantee taste.

Herding Cats

Francisca said...

Not half as odd as half naked sisters on a bench! LOL! But I agree with the others, a tad overdone, with quesstionable taste. (Funny, I was just reading a couple of China-news blogs talking about taste and how Western and Asian fashion preferences differ. My colleagues here in China probably think my minimalist style of dress is pretty boring! LOL!)

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I wonder if the deceased selected this prior to their deaths or if it was the preference of the children. The tomb and "extra" girls on the sides is thought-provoking and, well.... hummmm?

I do like the red!

Halcyon said...

I agree with most of you, I think simplicity is best when it comes to gravestones and the like. But not everyone has the same taste as me, I suppose!

Lowell said...

Looks like a beautiful cemetery! Personally, I don't much like these large, gaudy gravestones, no matter what they contain. But I suppose it is a way some people have of "living" on...sorta.

Glad you calmed down. I didn't mean to start a crisis! I mean, really, what if you had had to go out and play golf right after the crisis began! Sheesh.

BTW, I played at golf this morning. Terrible. Like I'd never played before. Sometimes I hate the game. But I've got a tee time for Thursday! :-)

Regina K said...

Gravestones are unique to the family. I have never seen one like this.

Jack said...

I have seen something similar from about 1850 and European heritage folks, but not recent and Asian. Aren't those girls Caucasians?

Randy said...

I have to agree, it is quite odd.

JM said...

Now, that's a fantastic find!

Halcyon said...

@Jack - the flower girls do appear to be caucasian. Which is one of the things I could not understand about this gravestone. They just don't seem to fit.

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