Figure 1. Unknown monument with dextrarum iunctio. People’s Memorial Cemetery, Petersburg, VA. Photo: author.

Since Roman times a symbol of marital affection has been the dextrarum iunctio, the clasping of right hands. This image has been very common in the United States, especially in the nineteenth century. Above (figure 1) is an image of a dextrarum iunctio on a stone that has fallen and been mostly covered. I find it Romantic and, as the Italians would say, suggestivo. Figure 2 shows a Roman version.

Figure 2. Image of a Roman married couple on an urn. Museo Nazionale delle Terme di Diocleziano, Rome. Photo: Agnete. GNU Free Documentation License v. 1.2. Wikimedia Commons.

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Arlington, VA

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: