Seen at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart in Berlin
I don’t mean to get all morbid on you, but the previous post made me think about waxy things, which inevitably led to death masks. I know…my mind is weird.
Only four known copies of tiny leader Napoleon Bonaparte’s original death mask are considered genuine. This bronzed copy is currently on display at the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans. Gee…I’m lucky if I even get one.
Forget about the Guinness Brewery tour! Next time you are in Dublin, check out author James Joyce’s death mask at the James Joyce Tower and Museum.
Here’s everybody’s favorite dead U.S. President. This death mask of Abraham Lincoln was made at the time of his autopsy and is currently on display at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington D.C.
The death mask of former hottie and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla can be viewed at the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade, Serbia.
This cast of Voltaire is currently on display at the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow, Scotland. I’m proud to say I’ve seen this one personally. This is what I said: “Hey, Voltaire! I loved Candide. It was so enlightening.”
Even though I’ve been to London 5 times, I never once paid a visit to the Imperial War Museum (I did go to its Northern England cousin chain several times). The death mask of Heinrich Himmler was taken by British intelligence officials as proof of his death after he bit into a cyanide pill hidden in his molar cavity. Lovely, huh?