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1900.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eEarly death masks used to be taken directly from cadavers as a memento of the dead and also to be used to create portraits or sculptures of the deceased. 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After the original cast was taken directly from the corpse, casts such as this would have been made as mementos and souvenirs.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eThe back of the mask is hollow and a wire hoop at the top can be used to hang this extraordinary piece on a picture hook.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003chr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePeriod\u003c\/strong\u003e: Circa 1900\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDimensions\u003c\/strong\u003e: H: 27cm | W: 19cm | D: 16\u003cbr\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eCondition\u003c\/strong\u003e: Good - only minor chips and scuffs (see photos)\u003cspan\u003e. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003eNatural age related wear.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eWeight\u003c\/strong\u003e: 1.9kg\u003c\/p\u003e"}

Stunning early 20th century plaster death mask

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This is a rare and stunning decorative piece, a plaster cast of a death mask made around 1900.

Early death masks used to be taken directly from cadavers as a memento of the dead and also to be used to create portraits or sculptures of the deceased. During the 18th and 19th centuries death masks also took on the role of recording and identifying the deceased, a practice that was replaced by post-mortem photography.

This is an exceptional example with very high detail, particularly with the skin texture and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. After the original cast was taken directly from the corpse, casts such as this would have been made as mementos and souvenirs.

The back of the mask is hollow and a wire hoop at the top can be used to hang this extraordinary piece on a picture hook.


Period: Circa 1900
Dimensions: H: 27cm | W: 19cm | D: 16
Condition: Good - only minor chips and scuffs (see photos)Natural age related wear.
Weight: 1.9kg

Sku: 5630
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