The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius buried the dead where they fell in city of Pompeii. After bodies decomposed, it left human-shaped pockets in the hardened layers of ash. Pouring plaster into these pockets creates sculptures of death.
You can tell from the statue of a mounted horseman how the rider died. If all fourof the horses feet are on the ground, he died of natural causes. One foot raised means he died from wounds suffered in battle. Two legs raised means he died in action
Real-life Grave of the Fireflies: Stoic Japanese orphan, standing at attention having brought his dead younger brother to a cremation pyre, Nagasaki, by American photographer, Joe O’Donnell 1945 (One of the many sad things about war.