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Life mask

An impression or the mould of the face of a living person, usually made by taking a plaster cast of the features.

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John Hunter
by Unknown artist
1962, based on a work of circa 1785
NPG 4288

John Hunter
by Unknown artist
1913 or before, based on a work of circa 1785
NPG 1712

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