Death doesn’t lie, so death masks – a cast of the face in wax or plaster, taken just hours after breath has gone – promise truthful representations of the departed. In an era before photography, these masks give us each beauty and blemish, a living presence in unchanging material. But how were they made? And what is their uncanny allure?...So begins Obit Mag's article "Death Doesn't Lie," which offers a brief discussion of the art and history of that veritable institution, the death mask. You can read the whole story (and see more images) here. Image above, labeled "Making Death Mask, from the article; click in image to see much larger version.