Plaster mask of Saint Alfonso de Juquara Mato, Europe, 1860-1920

Made:
1860-1920 in Italy
Plaster mask of St Alfonso de Jaquara Mato. Front three quarter view. Black background. Plaster mask of St Alfonso de Jaquara Mato. Front three quarter view. Black background.

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Plaster mask of St Alfonso de Jaquara Mato. Front three quarter view. Black background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Plaster mask of St Alfonso de Jaquara Mato. Front three quarter view. Black background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Plaster mask of St. Alfonso de Juquara Mato, a cast possibly of his death mask(?), Italian(?), 1860-1920

St Alfonso de Juquara Mato was a Spanish bishop during the 600s. This is said to be a plaster cast of his original death mask. Death masks were created by covering the deceased person’s face with a substance such as plaster. Once hardened, this plaster cast was removed to provide the template to make the mask.

Death masks and life masks, made from a living subject, have been made in cultures worldwide throughout history. They were often made to honour important and influential people, and were popular in the 1900s.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A884
type:
death mask
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
credit:
Pichi, L.