Death Masks


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A death mask is a wax or plaster cast of a person's face after their death.
Sculptors and painters used death masks in the Middle Ages until the 19th century as models for creating statues, busts, and portraits of the deceased person.
A funeral mask differs from a death mask. A funeral mask is an image placed on the face of the deceased before burial rites, and the corpse is normally buried with it.
Some famous death masks include those of Napoleon, Henry VII, James Dean, and Beethoven.
Source: Wikipedia
  1. Death masks were often used by   as models.

  2. Were death masks only made of royalty?

  3. A funeral mask is   with the person.

  4. In order for a death mask to be made, the person must be   .

  5. Are death masks still popular today?


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  1. Why do you think death masks were so important in the past?

  2. Why do you think death masks are no longer a trend in modern society?

  3. If you could have a death mask of someone you loved, would you want it? Why or why not?


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