SJ9922 : The Shepherd's Monument and "The Shugborough Inscription"

taken 7 years ago, near to Great Haywood, Staffordshire, Great Britain

The Shepherd's Monument and "The Shugborough Inscription"
The Shepherd's Monument and "The Shugborough Inscription"
The Shepherd's Monument at Shugborough Park, was built sometime between 1748 and 1763. The relief copy of the Poussin painting is contained within a rustic arch, and shows a woman and three shepherds, two of whom are pointing to a tomb. On the tomb is carved the Latin text Et in arcadia ego ("I am also in Arcadia" or "I am, even in Arcadia"). The carving displays a number of small alterations from the original painting, and an extra sarcophagus has been placed on top of the main tomb. Above the Poussin scene are two stone heads, one showing a smiling bald-headed man, the other bearing a likeness to the goat-horned Greek god Pan.

Below the relief carving on the monument, an unknown craftsman carved the mysterious eight letters, O U O S V A V V, contained within the letters 'D M'. On Roman tombs, the letters 'D M' commonly stood for Diis Manibus, meaning "dedicated to the shades". Several attempts have been made to interpret the code (if that is what it is) since the book "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" drew attention to the mysterious “Shugborough inscription” in 1982 but the meaning of the inscription remains a mystery. LinkExternal link Wikipedia
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 8 August, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 14 August, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Country estates 
Place (from Tags)
Shugborough 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9925 2264 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:48.0790N 2:0.7539W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9925 2266
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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Parkland  National Trust  Visitor Attraction  Sculpture  Monument  Relief  18th Century  Eighteenth Century  Inscription  Code 

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