Making Faces – Our first foray into Roman death masks

In preparation for our staging of a Roman funeral at the Ashmolean Museum’s DEADFriday event on 30th October, we’ve been trying our hand at making imagines – the ancestor portraits of elite Roman families which they displayed in their homes and during funerals, and which signified their lineage. In our funeral procession, the mourners and the Archimemus (a jester-like character who sends-up the recently deceased) will each carry an imago.

 

Here’s how we got on:

 

 

 

 

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