University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Marianna Lovink

Recreating Roman Wax Masks

By: Brian Rose and Marianna Lovink

When we think of the Roman aristocrats who lived 2,000 years ago, one of the most vivid traditions that comes to mind involves wax masks, or imagines in Latin, which were frequently mentioned by Latin authors in their accounts of Roman funerals. These are described as remarkably lifelike reproductions of a man’s face that were […]