The Next Generation of the Death Mask Is Freakishly Beautiful


Dec. 1, 2016

FOR THOUSANDS OF years, the living have used death masks to memorialize their dead. Some, like those cast from the faces of Napolean Bonaparte and Nikola Tesla, clearly resemble their subjects. Others, like the funerary masks of ancient Egyptian pharaohs, favor ornamentation over physiological accuracy. Now there’s Vespers, a new series of spectacular, 3-D printed death masks currently on display at London’s Design Museum. The technicolor masks look exoskeletal—like someone crossed the head of Alien‘s Space Jockey with a bioluminescent jellyfish. In other words: They’re completely unlike any death mask you’ve ever seen...

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