One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plaster cast taken of a dead person's face, used to make a mask or model.
- ‘The image rivets through its drama and detail; the features of Henri IV ring true in their resemblance to his portraits and death mask.’
- ‘Images of his deathbed and casts of his death mask consequently circulated widely throughout the country and beyond.’
- ‘Dominating the display, the death mask of Johnson's head and shoulders shows the facial distortion caused by his own final series of strokes.’
- ‘The face of her effigy may have been based on her death mask, taken when she died on her thirty-seventh birthday in the royal apartments in the Tower of London.’
- ‘A death mask was made using a mould filled with plaster, which was also painted and the use of gold gave it an authentic appearance.’
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