Death Masks have been used for thousands of years, dating back to ancient Egypt and Greece. These cultures used sculpted masks made of gold and gems which were placed over the deceased’s face during burial ceremonies. Perhaps the most famous example of this style would be the Mask of Tutankhamun. These are quite impressive pieces of art but not the death masks we are going to be looking at today.
It was during the middle ages that the practice of taking wax or plaster casts of the dead’s faces came into vogue. It became common for royalty, nobility, and other high profile public figures to have their features preserved for use in sculptures or the creation of busts. Sometimes this process was done while the subject was alive (living mask) but we aren’t going to split hairs. The end result of the cast process was something akin to a Michael Myers mask, and thus pretty damn creepy. Enjoy a gallery of some of history's greatest luminaries forever captured in ghostly white plaster.
Death masks aren't your style? Maybe this death suit is up your alley.