Mortuary Mask of the Unknown of the Seine, Small Model.
A fascinating and enigmatic art piece: The Mortuary Mask of the Unknown Woman of the Seine.
The Unknown Woman of the Seine, also known as "Unknown," is a young unidentified woman who was found dead in the River Seine in Paris, France, in the 19th century. Her face was immortalized through a mortuary cast made upon her discovery, turning her into an emblematic and mysterious figure.
The face of the Unknown Woman of the Seine is characterized by an enigmatic smile. Her features are delicate and appear serene, creating an expression that evokes fascination and curiosity. The slight curvature of the lips and the slightly closed eyes give her face an aura of tranquility and serenity, contrasting with the mystery of her unknown identity.
Characteristics of the "Unknown" Mask:
- Height: 14 cm.
- Width: 10.5 cm.
- Material: Patinated white plaster.
- Other available materials: Resin, reconstituted stone.
- Available patinas: Bronze, terracotta, marble, wood, polychrome, gilded, stone, or diorite. Please contact us to inquire about the price of our patinas (variable depending on the desired color).
Our reproduction is available in two versions, the mask on this page is the Small Model or "Reduction" of the full-size model that you can find in our store by clicking on this link here.
Handcrafted reproduction entirely made and hand-patinated.
Mortuary Mask of the Unknown Woman of the Seine, a true object of fascination for art lovers and history enthusiasts.
Discover the legend of the Sleeping Beauty.
The Unknown Woman of the Seine, also known as "The Unknown" or "The Sleeping Beauty," refers to an unidentified young woman whose body was found in the Seine in Paris in the late 19th century.
Legend has it that her face was so tranquil and beautiful that she appeared to be asleep, hence her nickname "The Sleeping Beauty." Her body was displayed in the Paris morgue, and her face caught the attention of a doctor who was captivated by her beauty.
It is said that the doctor was inspired by the face of the unknown woman and created a mortuary plaster mask of her face. This mask was later reproduced and sold as an art object. The face of the unknown woman also served as inspiration for many artists and writers of the time.
A faithful reproduction that pays tribute to this enigmatic figure that left a mark in history and in the collective imagination.
The face of the Unknown Woman of the Seine, frozen in time, has become a symbol of eternal beauty and fascination. It has inspired numerous artists and writers who have sought to capture its unique expression and explore the issues of beauty, death, and human fascination. The Unknown Woman of the Seine has thus become a cultural icon, eliciting both admiration and contemplation about the nature of life and mortality.
Although the identity of the Unknown Woman of the Seine remains a mystery, her face has become an emblematic and symbolic figure of beauty and mystery. Her story has fueled much speculation and inspired literary and artistic works over the years. Today, her mask continues to be reproduced and sold as a decorative object.
The Unknown Woman of the Seine has been a source of inspiration for numerous artists and writers throughout history.
Her enigmatic face and mysterious legend have been immortalized in works of art and literature, such as the famous "Mondmasker" or "The Mask of Life."
Renowned artists and writers have turned to the story of the Unknown Woman of the Seine to create captivating representations of this enigmatic figure.
Some examples of these most celebrated writers and artists in history include:
- Albert Camus: French writer Albert Camus used the image of the Unknown Woman of the Seine in his novel "The Fall." The main character of the novel, Jean-Baptiste Clamence, refers to the Unknown Woman of the Seine, using her face as a metaphor for beauty and tragedy.
- Rainer Maria Rilke: Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke was also influenced by the Unknown Woman of the Seine. He references her in his poem "The Sleeping Beauty," expressing fascination with her face and eternal beauty.
- Man Ray: The famous photographer and surrealist artist Man Ray created a series of photographs titled "The Unknown Woman of the Seine" in 1926. These photos feature mannequins with masks inspired by the face of the Unknown Woman.
- Erik Satie: French composer Erik Satie composed a piece of music titled "The Sleeping Beauty," inspired by the Unknown Woman of the Seine. This musical composition evokes the beauty and mystery surrounding her story.
- Jean Cocteau: The renowned French writer and artist Jean Cocteau was also influenced by the Unknown Woman of the Seine. He used her image in his film "Orpheus" (1950), where the main character encounters death and becomes captivated by her beauty.
These examples represent only a fraction of the artists and writers who have been inspired by the Unknown Woman of the Seine. Her face has continued to captivate the collective imagination and has left a lasting impact in the fields of art and literature.
Another legendary story associated with the "Mondmasker" or "Mask of Life" is linked to the Unknown Woman of the Seine.
This mask, known as the "Mondmasker" or "Mask of Life," is said to have been used to help revive individuals suffering from cardiac arrest by providing them with an artificial airway. The legend tells that the mask would have saved many lives and thus acquired a symbolic meaning as an instrument of resuscitation and return to life.
According to the tale, the doctor was struck by the beauty and serenity of the Unknown Woman's face. Convinced that her life was worthy of being saved, he used her face as inspiration to mold a mask that would be used in early resuscitation attempts.
It is important to note that this story is generally considered a legend, and there is no solid historical evidence to support it. However, it has contributed to the mysterious aura and fascination surrounding the Unknown Woman of the Seine, and the mask has become a symbol of eternal life and beauty.
Add a touch of history and mystery to your decor with this fascinating mask.
Order your reproduction of the Unknown Woman of the Seine Mask now and immerse yourself in the captivating enigma of this legendary figure. Acquire a unique piece of art that will inspire admiration and curiosity in your guests and add an atmosphere of beauty and mystery to your home.
An exceptional selection of patinas for a unique customization.
To add a personalized touch to your mask, you can choose from a wide range of patinas. Whether you prefer an antique, rustic, bronzed, marbled, or contemporary finish, our expert craftsmen will carefully apply the patina of your choice, adding additional richness and depth to this unique piece.
Carefully crafted in high-quality white plaster.
Our reproduction of the Unknown Woman of the Seine Mask is meticulously crafted in white plaster, offering an authentic appearance and a pleasant texture to the touch.
To cater to your preferences, it is also available in resin and reconstituted stone, allowing you to choose the material that best suits your taste and interior.
Perfect for your interior decoration.
Please note that our reproductions of this Mask are specifically designed for indoor decoration in its plaster version. Its delicate design and detailed finishes make it the perfect choice to enhance your living room, office, library, or any other indoor space.
Delivery time: Delivery in 15 to 25 days.
Each mask will be carefully prepared and shipped within an average timeframe of 15 to 25 business days. We strive to ensure a fast and secure delivery so that you can enjoy this exceptional piece of art as soon as possible.
Delivery times may vary depending on the availability of our stock and demand.
If the reproduction you desire is not immediately available, we will promptly contact you via email to inform you of the estimated additional manufacturing time by our workshop.
The average timeframes for each stage of production for our reproductions are as follows:
Full-time mold creation: 1 month.
Casting time for one piece: 1 day.
Finishing time: Variable depending on the piece, averaging one week.
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Order our reproduction of the Unknown Woman of the Seine Mask now.
Immerse yourself in the captivating enigma of this legendary figure. Acquire a unique piece of art that will inspire admiration and curiosity in your guests and add an atmosphere filled with beauty and mystery to your home.