death mask


Definition of death mask

: a cast taken from the face of a dead person

Examples of death mask in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Ten Museums You Can Virtually Visit," 20 Mar. 2020 The ancient Egyptians were known for their spectacular headwear, from double crowns worn by pharaohs to the striped nemes headcloths immortalized by Tutankhamun’s golden death mask. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Ancient Egyptian Head Cones Were Real, Grave Excavations Suggest," 11 Dec. 2019 McCready also noted that a death mask made by Professor A.E. Ashworth of the Worsham College of Embalming in Chicago had removed much of the facial skin and hair on Dillinger’s face. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "John Dillinger's last meal included red peppers. What we know about the outlaw's autopsy and burial.," 2 Aug. 2019 The show includes a copy of composer Anton Bruckner’s death mask and a full-scale model of a crocodile, presumably found in a zoo or Berlin’s Natural History Museum. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Berlin’s Newest Art Temple," 28 June 2019 Stalin’s death mask rests on a marble stand, like a beloved leader, lying in state. David Segal, New York Times, "A Monster to History, Stalin Is a Tourist Magnet in His Hometown," 30 June 2019 But Henry VII’s effigy head is believed to be based on his death mask, and its direct realism could not be further removed from the self-important smugness so evident in other effigies. Richard Cork, WSJ, "A New Perspective on Westminster Abbey," 28 Aug. 2018 From the macabre details (teddy bears, death masks, rosary chokers) to the streetwear-ready ensembles (dirty sneakers and glamorous overcoats), each of the looks was on theme. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "9 References to Death in Gucci’s Cruise Show," 31 May 2018 In the meantime, please enjoy an equally everyday-wearable beauty look that went down the Gucci Cruise runway: a death mask made with pantyhose and gem eyes. Marci Robin, Allure, "Gucci Cruise Sent Elizabethan Hair Down the Runway — With a Literal Twist," 31 May 2018

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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 8 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of death mask

: a mask of a person's face that is created just after the person has died by pressing a substance over the face and leaving it there until it becomes hard

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