Death mask of Mary, Queen of Scots

Born 1542 – Died 1587

This mask is displayed at Mary, Queen of Scots House in Jedburgh, Scotland. The plaque below the display reads:

“Mary’s death on the execution block, at the hand of Queen Elizabeth was characterised by her dignity, bearing and composure. It was common to strike a mask from the severed head as soon as possible after death. The original appearance of the mask would be white and unembellished. This example, which was found by the late Dr Charles Hepburn of Glasgow, in Peterborough where Mary was first buried, has been hand-painted.”/


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