How are death masks made?

May 11, 2017 | Author: | Posted in General Knowledge

A death mask is made by applying some kind of plaster, such as plaster of Paris, to the face after the skin has been treated with oil to prevent the plaster from adhering too closely. After the plaster has hardened it is removed, and into the mold thus formed fresh plaster or some other material is poured. The resulting cast is the death mask. Such masks have considerable historical value because they bear a detailed resem-blance to the faces from which they are taken. The ancient Greeks and Romans made death masks of gold and silver to preserve the features of distinguished persons. Similar masks are also made from living sub-jects. Processes used in making both death and life masks have been greatly improved in recent years and no doubt will continue to improve with the further development of new plastic materials and methods.

 

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