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  • Lana Pearl

    L'Inconnue de la Seine - A death mask of an unknown woman pulled from the Seine in the late 1800's. Her face became a sensation, inspiring artists, writers, and young women everywhere, who modeled their looks on her. Her visage was also used as a cast for the first CPR dummies.

  • Maureen Zieber

    Before the widespread availability of photography, the facial features of unidentified bodies were sometimes preserved by creating death masks so that relatives of the deceased could recognize them if they were seeking a missing person. One mask, known as L'Inconnue de la Seine, recorded the face of an unidentified young woman who, around the age of sixteen, according to one man's story, had been found drowned in the Seine River at Paris, France around the late 1880s.

  • jdog

    L' Inconnue de la Seine (1880) was an unidentified young woman, estimated to be 16 years old, whose death mask became a popular fixture on the walls of artists' homes after 1900. Her visage was the inspiration for numerous literary works. According to an often-repeated story, the body of the young woman was pulled out of the Seine River at the Quai du Louvre in Paris around the late 1880s. The body showed no signs of violence, and suicide was suspected. A pathologist at the Paris morgue was so t

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Belle Gunness ..In the early morning of April 28, 1908, the Gunness farmhouse burned to the ground. The Gunness children were found in the ashes of the home, as well as the body of a headless woman.The LaPorte County Sheriff began to further investigate the fire and Belle's relations with out-of-town men. The investigation turned into a national sensation, as numerous bodies were soon found to be buried on Belle's farm.It has been estimated that Belle may have buried forty men on the farm..

L0023228 Examination of the skull and brain. Credit: Wellcome Library, London. mailto:images@wel... images.wellcome.ac.uk Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons by-nc 2.0 UK, see images.wellcome.ac.uk/indexplus/page/Prices.html Examination of the skull and brain, method of removing the brain after it is severed from the body.

Chopin's death mask... Please don't think that I'm creepy because I find this cool..I just have an uncontrollable obsession with masks..and Chopin..

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