death mask

death mask

noun
a cast taken of a person's face after death.
Compare life mask.


Origin:
1875–80

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death mask
 
n
Compare life mask a cast of a person's face taken shortly after death

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death mask

a wax or plaster cast of a mold taken from the face of a dead individual. Death masks are true portraits, although changes are occasionally made in the eyes of the mask to make it appear as though the subject were alive. From the time of ancient Egypt they have served as aids to portrait sculptors, and for the last few centuries they have been kept as mementos of the dead

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