The Bangs Family Monument is unusual in its conception and form. The female figure, an allegorical representation of Hope, clutches a chain linked to an anchor. At her feet lies a Bible. Her body thrusts forward as her robes are buffeted by wind. Scholars have posited the sculpture was carved in Italy based on a wooden model of a ship figurehead, possibly by prominent Boston wood carver Alfred Nye, who is connected to the Bangs family by marriage. More research needs to be done to determine more definitely this theory (there are few documents that can help), but knowing that so much carving talent was in Italy rather than in America at the time makes this theory more than just plausible.
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