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death mask

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noun
  1. a cast taken of a person's face after death.
Compare life mask.

Origin of death mask

First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for death mask

Historical Examples

  • There is a suggestion of a death-mask in the face of every figure.

    Plays by August Strindberg, Third Series

    August Strindberg

  • Now the Bust was believed to have been sculptured after a death-mask.

    Shakespeare's Bones

    C. M. Ingleby

  • When the poet died , it was Dalou whom they called to execute a death-mask of the features of the great poet.

  • We must bear in mind that the sculptor worked from a death-mask, and that the expression was thus a conventional restoration.

  • Lennon's deep-drawn sigh of satisfaction over that death-mask face caught in the midst and turned into a gasp.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet


British Dictionary definitions for death mask

death mask

noun
  1. a cast of a person's face taken shortly after deathCompare life mask
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