Death Masks

In Western cultures, 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. [from Wikipedia]

Martin Luther

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

William Shakespeare

Abraham Lincoln

Resusci Anne*

*Resusci Anne, also known as Rescue Anne or CPR Annie, is a training mannequin used for teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to both emergency workers and members of the general public. The distinctive face of Resusci Anne was based on L’Inconnue de la Seine, the death mask of an unidentified young woman reputedly drowned in the Seine River around the late 1880s. [from]

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3 Responses to “Death Masks”

  1. MattDayTheCoolestGuyInTheWorld Says:

    Phoebe just made a death mask. The name of the person whose face it is is… ME!

  2. These are pretty cool. I would love to know more about the Shakespeare casting. I thought that it was generally accepted that there are no known confirmed descriptions of Shakespeare. But yet, this has a “Life” magazine logo in the corner which adds a degree of credibility to it.
    Off to the internet to try and do some research.

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