James Joyce’s Death Mask

William Shakespeare’s Death Mask (Happy Birthday/Deathday!)

Jesus Christ’s Death Mask

Okay. Yes. Obviously this is the Shroud of Turin, which, hey, take it or leave it at your metaphysical will.

On August 29 of 2010 Biblioklept ran an image of Walt Whitman’s death mask; the day happened to be a Sunday, and we’ve run a death mask every Sunday since then, with the exception of Sunday, September 11, 2011, when to do so seemed to be in poor taste.

Over the past year and a half, folks wrote in to tell us repeatedly that the death mask was in fact a life mask, or that the death mask was perhaps of spurious origin, or even just that they liked the death mask. Thanks.

Anyway, Sunday death masks were fun for the past 17 months or so, but next Sunday marks a new year, and today’s Sunday is the last of this year, and it’s Christmas, which makes the Shroud of Turin a nice, easy way of saying: no more death masks, at least not on a regular basis. Maybe we’ll do some other regular Sunday posts (mugshots? bookshelves?) but no more regular death mask Sundays.

Teddy Roosevelt’s Death Mask

Ezra Pound’s Death Mask

(Yes, yes; we know it’s a life mask. We use the term “death mask” for editorial reasons).

Bill Dalton’s Death Mask

Napoleon Bonaparte’s Death Mask