Kesselstadt death mask

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A death mask once in the possession of the Kesselstadt family, who lived in and near Cologne. The mask was found in a junk-shop at Mainz in 1849, and was said to resemble a picture dated 1637, traditionally supposed to represent Shakespeare lying in state, which also had belonged to the Kesselstadt family. Otherwise the mask has nothing to connect it with Shakespeare beyond the fact that it is dated 1616. The date is probably false: no other death masks of non-royal persons are known to have been made at that time.

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