Price is for the pair. Made from plaster of Paris. German, Circa 1870. Death masks.
A death mask is an image, typically in wax or plaster cast made of a person's face following death, often by taking a cast or impression directly from the corpse. It is a primitive, yet most accurate, form of photography without a camera. Death masks may be mementos of the dead, or be used for creation of portraits. Far from idealised ones, such casts reveal what noted persons really look like. It is sometimes possible to identify portraits that have been painted from death masks, because of the characteristic slight distortions of the features caused by the weight of the plaster during the making of the mold.
In some European countries, it was common for death masks to be used as part of the effigy of the deceased, displayed at state funerals; the coffin portrait was an alternative. Mourning portraits were also painted, showing the subject lying in repose.
Some ageing to the plaster but no major chips or cracks. As with all of our products this product is an original piece and has lived a life before it arrived at Otto's HQ. It has been sympathetically restored by the Otto's team to ensure it has a life for many more years to come.
All of our products will show signs of patina and cosmetic wear, this we believe is what gives our products their unique charm.