Frederick Douglass Death Mask

Date:
1895
Creator:
Ulric Dunbar

Washingtonian sculptor Dunbar came to Cedar Hill the day after Douglass' death and created this death mask. Death masks were an important cultural aspect of mourning rituals for many people during the middle ages and into the early twentieth century. Creating death masks declined after the advent of photography.

Description (physical):

Plaster. L 28.6, W 18.6, T 14.2 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 240
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site