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death mask

Etymology: AS, death + Fr, masque
an image or cast made from clay, wax, plaster of paris, or other moldable material of the face after death.
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This was achieved by applying the very latest cuttingedge digital modelling and animation technology to the life and death masks of some of the greatest figures in history.
Sion Hughes, head of business affairs at Wild Dream Films, said: "At the heart of Death Masks was the creation of lifelike faces from some of the world's rarest and most precious artefacts - the last impressions of flesh and blood of world leaders.
Stuart Clarke, left, from Wild Dream Films who has made a film turning the death masks of historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, pictured above, and William Shakespeare, into facial replicas
For the first time on television a death mask of Shakespeare, held at a German museum, was scanned and revealed the face that could well be the face of the greatest bard of all time.
Oliver Cromwell's death mask will feature in Siege and Storm, which tells the story of Newcastle and the North East during the English Civil Wars of the 17th Century.
For the exhibition, copies of Cromwell's death mask have been produced to use for groups and schools to handle.
He then had a death mask made and sent copies to every town and city that had been most loyal to the monarchy.
What is believed to be the Cromwell death mask that was sent to Newcastle, now resides in the Discovery Museum as part of the Newcastle Story exhibition.
The death masks of Sacco and Vanzetti faced the audience from beneath the pulpit.
Sion Hughes, head of business affairs at Wild Dream Films of Cardiff, said the lifelike images created for their production, Death Masks, were achieved by applying cuttingedge digital modelling and animation technology to actual death masks.
The Death Masks documentary for History Channel US has been nominated for an award in the Best History Programme category, alongside World War Two in Colour and Marr's The Making of Modern Britain.
Death Masks will be on History Channel UK in August