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Death Mask of Charles XII of Sweden (1682-1718): M.21A-1938

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Current Location: In storage


Death Mask of Charles XII of Sweden (1682-1718)


Production: Unknown




Plaster cast with a seam running down the centre of the mask and inscribed on the forehead in black 'CHAS XII. Attached to the top at the back is a non ferrous metal twisted wire loop for suspension.

Legal notes

Given by Raymond Abbott in memory of his father, General Sir James Abbott

Measurements and weight

Depth: 5.5 cm
Height: 18.5 cm
Width: 13.2 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1938) by Abbott, Raymond


18th-early 19th century
Circa 1700 CE - 1825 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Loop composed of wire ( non-ferrous)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Plaster cast with twisted wire suspension loop

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: CHAS. XII.
  • Location: On forehead
  • Method of creation: Stamped ? in black
  • Type: Title

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.21A-1938
Primary reference Number: 14072
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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