The Death Masks Of Famous People

Submitted by: fancylad 1 month ago in Weird

According to Wikipedia, a death mask is a wax or plaster cast made of a person’s face following death. Death masks may be mementos of the dead, or be used for creation of portraits.

Whatever the purpose of a death mask is, they also provide fascinating insight into what our sometimes fabled historical heroes (and villains) looked like.


ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Taken at the time of his autopsy and currently on display at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington DC. In 2007, Dr. John Sotos studied his face and medical records and concluded that he suffered from a disease called Multiple Mucosal  Neuroma Syndrome and had he not been assassinated, he would have died soon anyway.


ALFRED HITCHCOCK
English film director and producer, referred to as the "Master of Suspense." Of course he'd opt for a death mask.


NAPOLEON BONAPARTE
Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French. Original cast created on 7th May, 1821, one and a half day after his death on the island of St. Helena. Only four copies of the original cast have been verified has genuine. This bronzed copy is currently on display at the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans.


BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
There is no consensus to whether this cast is a life mask or a death mask. However, the mask has a closer resemblance to images taken in his later years.


JOHN DILLINGER
The bank robber who spawned numerous movies, urban legends, conspiracy theories and rumors of immortality. At least four original castings of his face were made at the Cook County morgue and copies remain popular collector’s items.


LEO TOLSTOY
Another famous cast by Sergey Merkurov, taken on a pillow.


LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Reputedly taken after post mortem by Josef Dannhauser. Beethoven suffered from ill health throughout the later stages of his life and the comparison with his life mask, taken in 1812, is startling.


ISAAC NEWTON
Original cast by John Michael Rysbrack. Many copies of this mask were made and distributed and were especially prized by the Trinity Scholars of Cambridge University.


NIKOLA TESLA
Death mask of the greatest Electrical Engineer ever can be viewed at the Nikola Tesla museum in Belgrade, Serbia.


ALFRED NOBEL
The original death mask and will of the founder of Nobel prize is displayed at his residence in Karlskoga, Sweden
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There are 7 comments:
Male 201
Wasn't Robespierre shot in the face/mouth prior to his execution? Absence of any wound on his face makes the whole "Taken by Madame Tussaud from his freshly guillotined head." not so convincing.
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Male 6,085
I hope when I die, which won't be for centuries (Unless killed by some crazed xenophobic Human, Trump maybe? or struck down by some new disease we had not prepared for) They include my mouth , on top of my head down to the venomous ink glands below my eyes
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Male 357
Also, Friedrich Nietsche looks like he had a tiny head.  I think that huge mustache must have been compensating for something.  No wonder he questioned the existence of truth.  I would too.
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Male 357
Who the hell is Ned Kelly?  Is the the King in the North?
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Male 756
My Death Face will be the exactly the same as my Sex Face!!!



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Male 6,085
stifler That's scary
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Male 674
Isaac newton and Ben Franklin don't look like they did on portrait.
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