Volk Lincoln Life Mask

SKU ID #263109
Price $69.95


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Shortly before he won the nomination at the Republican Convention in Chicago, May 1860, Lincoln paid several visits to Volk’s studio and gave the sculptor the opportunity to make his life mask as well as his portrait. Lincoln found the process of letting wet plaster dry on his face, followed by a skin-stretching removal process, "anything but agreeable." But he endured it with good humor, and when he saw the final bust, he was quite pleased, declaring it "the animal himself." Volk later used the life mask and bust of 1860 as the basis for other editions, including a full-length statue of Lincoln.

Although a contemporary bronze cast of the life mask was known to exist, its whereabouts were unknown until 1947, when it was discovered in an antique store in New York.

This reproduction is depicted in crushed stone resin from the bronze original work.

Size: 10"
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  • Dimensions: 10"
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Museum MasterworksVolk Lincoln Life Mask

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Mask good, not great


from Mount Vernon, Ohio

About Me Collector, Education Oriented, Grandparent, History Nut


  • Relatively Inexpensive


  • Not Detailed

Best Uses

  • Adults
  • Hobby
  • Memorabilia
  • Older Children
  • Teens

Comments about this product:

As a mask to hang on the wall this works well. Like most copies (of copies of copies) features (forehead, etc.) tend to be smoothed over. For an inexpensive copy it is pretty good. There are many better copies, but they are cold cast bronze, or real bronze and cost many many times what this one did. If you always wanted a Volk mask of Lincoln and can't afford a large monetary outlay, this is a good choice.

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