Possibly one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen was a statute in a graveyard. A life-size angel towering above a grave, right hand pointing accusingly towards the sky. The look on its face was one of both extreme desperation and eternal gratitude, eyes both pleading and full of fury.
The function of this statue was to defend and protect his dead charge no matter who it may have been and no matter what they may have done in life. God and the angels in heaven had to be able to look upon this stone creature and have pity on the soul that lay beneath its feet. This statue was not created for decoration or adornment but as permanent plea for mercy.