a graven image

graven image

An image of an idol, especially a carving or sculpture, that one worships (something that was expressly forbidden in the Ten Commandments given to Moses by God). Many residents have described the statues as graven images of the country's sordid past issues of slavery and racism.
See also: graven, image

a graven image

a carved representation of a god used as an object of worship.
This expression is from the second of the Ten Commandments: ‘Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image’ (Exodus 20:4).
See also: graven, image
References in classic literature ?
He threaded his way back to the ferry landing, found nobody at large there, and walked boldly on board the boat, for he knew she was tenantless except that there was a watchman, who always turned in and slept like a graven image.
There was a graven image of Desire Painted with red blood on a ground of gold.
He went in again, and put his right hand on the latch of the door to close it--but he did not close it: he was arrested, as he had been already since his loss, by the invisible wand of catalepsy, and stood like a graven image, with wide but sightless eyes, holding open his door, powerless to resist either the good or the evil that might enter there.
He saw him sign to his men that he had come upon that which he sought and he saw him pass out of sight toward the north, and still Korak sat like a graven image, with a heart that bled in dumb misery.
Hertzler would be violating his religion by taking a graven image of himself," the complaint argues.
In Deuteronomy 4:16 the Almighty Himself gives the warning: "Beware lest you act corruptly by making a graven image for yourselves, in the form of any figure.
How strange it is to create a graven image out of a document that says we are not supposed to have any graven images.
In the Ten Commandments, Exodus 20:4 says "You shall not make for yourself a graven image.
The second commandment dictates, "You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
The irony here, notes Mitchell, is that the zealots of Zion have made the land itself an idol -- not a graven image, but a substitute nonetheless.
I would wager that most, however, have never made a graven image.
Alexandra Ansanelli's Bride has the pathos of a child innocent and the unearthly stillness of a graven image.