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204. truncated columns

Classic to funerary architecture, a truncated column symbolizes the idea of a life cut short or unfinished. Not just for young family members who have passed away, it is also used for anyone who had many tasks left to complete. In Recoleta Cemetery broken columns appear as the main sculpture, as a decorative element on plaques, as a crown for domes or in the guise of a massive message as in the Peralta Ramos family vault (last photo):

Dominguito Sarmiento, Recoleta Cemetery

Truncated column, Recoleta Cemetery

Truncated column, Recoleta Cemetery

Peralta Ramos, Recoleta Cemetery

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