Bubble wrapping death masks


29 Responses to “Bubble wrapping death masks”

  1. JG says:

    Excellent if eclectic collection.
    It’s like a 3D view into the past.

    When you see Dante’s death mask it is faithful down to the moles and palsy in his face.

    Death masks are an incisive view to a world beyond our modern documentation.

    Thanks for sharing your marvelous collection.

  2. bang_ir_1 says:

    If a 3D view into the past….no scream

  3. Anonymous says:

    That’s… gross. Now I’ll have to sleep with the lights on :|

  4. BrotherPower says:

    Wow, that’s powerful, Takuan. I missed that the first time around. Thank you.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Whether or not Napoleon’s death mask is actually Napoleon, I recognized is RIGHT away from the original, which hangs in my alma mater’s library.

  6. skirtmuseum says:

    why is there only one woman? was it not fashionable to make death masks of women, or is it not fashionable to collect them?

  7. misterjuju says:

    Does anyone else see John McCain’s likeness in George Washington’s death mask?

  8. Takuan says:

    look at the dates.

  9. napstimpy says:

    Grim grinning ghosts
    come out to socialiiiiiiiiiiize…

  10. everythingiknow says:

    When I was a teen I had a death mask of William Burke, the notorious 19th Century serial killer.
    see Burke and Hare http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Burke

    But after a while it creeped me out so much I had to give it away. You could see the rope marks on the neck from where he was hanged.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I have L’Inconnue de la Seine, or a copy rather, given to me by a relative way back in the 1970′s; I sure it was found at a tourist shop or flea market in Paris; shouldn’t be too difficult to find another.

  12. gandalf23 says:

    Why did death masks fall out of style/fashion? Is it because of photography?

  13. sazzamook says:

    That’s THE sweetest collection I’ve ever seen! When you fill out applications forms, do you put in the ‘Hobbies’ section ‘Collect death masks’?? XD

    #16 I live just along the road from where Burke & Hare used to roam :)

  14. Anonymous says:

    The Napoleon mask looks eerily familiar. Martian Manhunter and Destro both came to mind but I just can’t place it..

  15. nck wntrhltr says:

    If finding a plaster version of La Inconnue proves to be difficult you could easily get an Annie CPR dummy instead!


  16. Antinous / Moderator says:

    If there’s one death mask I wish we had, it would be the Inconnue de la Seine.

    Personally, I’d go for Agrippina the Younger, or any of the Julio-Claudians. I love the idea of parading through the streets wearing your dead ancestors’ faces every year.

  17. dbarak says:

    Frederick the Great and Aaron Burr have really tiny heads.

    Seeing these is kind of eerie. Some look obviously dead, while Sir Richard Owen looks mysteriously pleased with himself.

  18. Joel Johnson says:

    I like your style.

  19. Ugly Canuck says:

    Aaaah, faces & names.

    “If we all had the same name and the same face, there’d be less trouble you’d see”….


    Disappearing into the wall. Or for these dead guys, is it onto the wall? This all seems off the wall, kinda.
    Perhaps better to be a hole in the wall.

  20. Ugly Canuck says:

    Gee that Nietzsche did have a world-class mustache, didn’t he?

  21. Anonymous says:

    Fascinating collection indeed!

    just some clarification, your beethoven death mask is actually his life mask. At death, he was quite emaciated, and his temporal bones were removed during his autopsy before casting his death mask, making him look more like gollum than beethoven.

  22. jackiepeters says:

    Enjoy “the ‘have” as the locals call it, i’ve lived there a few times

  23. Mojave says:

    Quite possibly one of the coolest things I have ever seen on BB…I am soooooo jealous!!

  24. Anonymous says:

    I would just like to say welcome to New Haven :)

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  26. bontybahr says:

    that’s a fascinating collection…

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