"Death mask"._Notes

Isaac Newton
James Joyce


Leo Tolstoy
Ludwig Von Beethoven


Napoleon Bonaparte

William Shakespeare

Death mask of Blaise Pascal
John Hunter




















A death mask is a wax or plaster cast made of a person’s face following death. Death masks may be mementos of the dead, or be used for creation of portraits. It is sometimes possible to identify portraits that have been painted from death masks, because of the characteristic slight distortions of the features caused by the weight of the plaster during the making of the mold.
In the 10th century in some European countries, it was common for death masks to be used as part of the effigy of the deceased, displayed at state funerals. During the 18th and 19th centuries they were also used to permanently record the features of unknown corpses for purposes of identification. This function was later replaced by photography.

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