death mask


: a cast taken from the face of a dead person

Examples of death mask in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He is commemorated in a village museum displaying his death mask. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, 29 Oct. 2023 Researchers began work by scanning and photographing two death masks—copies of a cast taken soon after the prince’s death—and using these images to create a 3D model, Veselá tells Newsweek’s Aristos Georgiou. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Aug. 2023 First was a plaster death mask that had been made six months after the man died, during which time the face had flattened. IEEE Spectrum, 20 Mar. 2023 As a Fulbright Scholar, Dawn M. Hunter spent weeks viewing a collection of Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s original works, personal items and death mask at the Cajal Institute in Spain. Liz Tormes, Scientific American, 26 Aug. 2022 Highlights of the collection include Marcus Garvey’s death mask, a medal given to African American troops by Union General Benjamin F. Butler, a 1920s saddle used by Texas cowboy Bill Pickett, an FBI wanted poster for activist Angela Davis and a photo signed by performer Josephine Baker. Michael Blanding, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Feb. 2022 Janette Edson extracted hairs embedded in the plaster death mask. IEEE Spectrum, 20 Mar. 2023 For the AIDs era, there’s a robe made of cassette tapes, topped by a many-headed mushroom-cloud-like death mask. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, 28 Dec. 2022 The town’s Stalin Museum has hardly changed since the Soviet era, presenting an airbrushed version of history — with an entire mausoleum-like room dedicated to Stalin’s death mask. Washington Post, 30 May 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of death mask was in 1838

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“Death mask.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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