death mask

death mask
   A cast of the face of a dead person, a record of an important person's face for posterity. Usually such casts have been made from a mold produced by placing gesso or plaster on the face. Such a mold can usually be of one piece, since the face is generally sufficiently flexible to enable removal of the hardened mold, as long as a release agent has been applied to the hair and skin. A life mask is very similar, except that a passage must be provided for breathing through the mold.

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  • Death mask — Mask Mask (m[.a]sk), n. [F. masque, LL. masca, mascha, mascus; cf. Sp. & Pg. m[ a]scara, It. maschera; all fr. Ar. maskharat buffoon, fool, pleasantry, anything ridiculous or mirthful, fr. sakhira to ridicule, to laugh at. Cf. {Masque},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • death mask — death masks also death mask N COUNT A death mask is a model of someone s face, which is made from a mould that was taken of their face soon after they died …   English dictionary

  • death mask — death′ mask n. a cast taken of a person s face after death • Etymology: 1875–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • death mask — n. a cast of a person s face taken soon after death …   English World dictionary

  • death mask — n a model of a dead person s face, made by covering their face with a soft substance and letting it become hard …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Death mask — For the Saint Seiya character, see Cancer Deathmask. For the episode of the television series Rome, see Death Mask (Rome). Death mask of Samuel F.B. Morse In Western cultures a death mask is a wax or plaster cast made of a person’s face following …   Wikipedia

  • death mask — noun a cast taken from the face of a dead person • Hypernyms: ↑cast, ↑casting * * * noun : a cast taken from the face of a dead person * * * a cast taken of a person s face after death. Cf. life mask. [1875 80] * * * death mask noun A plaster… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Death Mask —  Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différentes œuvres portant le même titre. Death Mask peut désigner : Death Mask, un film réalisé en 1984 par Richard Friedman Death Mask, un film réalisé en 1998 par Steve Latshaw Death Mask, un… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • death-mask — see death mask …   English dictionary

  • Death Mask (Rome) — For ancient Roman funeral masks, see Imagines Death Mask Servilia calling Atia to justice Season 2 (2007) Episode 19 Air date(s) March 4, 2007 ( …   Wikipedia

  • Death Mask (film, 1998) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Death Mask. Death Mask est un film fantastique américain réalisé par Steve Latshaw sorti en 1998. Sommaire 1 Synopsis 2 Fiche technique …   Wikipédia en Français

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