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A video I made about Death Masks, a subject I have always found interesting. Death masks are wax or plaster castings taken of a person's face soon after their death. Death masks have been a matter of practice from as early as ancient times and making death masks was routine until the late 19th century when photography took over in popularity. However, some death masks were still made in the 20th century and are made to this day. Death masks were sometimes used as a way to identify the dead and at other times the death masks were used as a way to remember the dead person or to use as a way to build their memorial on their grave. Death Masks usually involve the eyes of the deceased being closed but in a few rare exceptions the eyes are left open. We have collected a number of death mask pictures of well known people throughout history