- 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
There is a suggestion of a death-mask in the face of every figure.Plays by August Strindberg, Third Series
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.Rodin: The Man and his Art
We must bear in mind that the sculptor worked from a death-mask, and that the expression was thus a conventional restoration.Summer Days in Shakespeare Land
Charles G. Harper
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
- a cast of a person's face taken shortly after deathCompare life mask
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