death mask


Definition of death mask

: a cast taken from the face of a dead person

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Recent Examples on the Web The boy king’s once triumphant riches now appeared tragic, his death mask a memento mori not only for individuals but for civilizations, which, no matter how powerful, seemed destined to fall. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2022 The first involves treating the House as a sort of architectural death mask. Matthew Carey Salyer, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 The death mask was originally presented at the Cabildo, then moved to Gallier Hall. Blake Pontchartrain,, 26 Oct. 2020 Nathalie Weerts, deputy curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, tells RTBF that the exhibition of David’s heart includes a death mask of the former mayor, photos of the fountain during its dedication ceremony and archival documents dated to his tenure. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Sep. 2020 By the 1960s, the practice of dissolving another culture’s death masks on the off chance of finding a manuscript had been all but abandoned, as much for ethical reasons as for the lackluster results. Ariel Sabar, The Atlantic, 13 May 2020 Highlights include John Dillinger’s death mask and original gambling equipment from a Prohibition-era speakeasy, including roulette tables. Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2020 Amalia is constantly calling out to the family’s late Tia Carmen (musician Maria Sandoval-Moreno), who stands silhouetted in a second-floor window wearing a death mask and plucking a violin. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, 26 Mar. 2020 Among the objects available for viewing are the famous Aztec calendar sun stone and the striking jade death mask of ancient Mayan king Pakal the Great. Nadine Daher, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of death mask

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Death mask.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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