1. Creator/Author:
  2. Leonard Wells Volk (8)

Abraham Lincoln Life Mask

Creator:
Leonard Wells Volk
Location:
Unknown place made
Origin Date:
1865-2000
Materials:
composition
Measurements:
overall: 11 1/2 in x 10 1/2 in x 8 in
Item ID:
71.2009.081.0845
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Fine Art

Description

This idealized life mask is a replica of the original sculpture by Leonard Wells Volk of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 just before he grew a beard. The sculptor covered Lincoln's face with a coat of plaster and pulled it off in one piece once the plaster had dried. After the original life mask was taken Volk then added hair and eyes to give the mask a more life-like appearance. The entire piece has a gold-colored finish. Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum