Royal mortuary masks – July exhibit at National History Museum

Newsroom 13/07/2015 | 16:23

The National Museum of Romanian History (MNIR) presents in July four royal mortuary masks (of Queen Maria, King Ferdinand, King Carol I and his daughter Princess Maria) and three hand casts (of King Carol I, of Princess Maria and of Queen Maria).


The exhibition opens on Thursday, July 16, starting with 13:00 in the Lapidary Hall of the museum.

On July 18 77 years since the death of Queen Maria are commemorated, while on July 20, 88 years from the passing of King Ferdinand will be observed. Also, this year brings the celebration of 140 years since the birth of Queen Maria and 150 years since the birth of King Carol I.

The July micro-exhibition is devoted to unique items that are associated to the royal funeral ritual, representing a form of royal memory storage. In general, funeral mask making was a tradition of preserving the memory of a notable figure’s traits and personality.

All pieces from the exhibit except for King Ferdinand’s mask are done by Emil W. Becker.

The death mask of King Ferdinand comes from a donation by Mrs. Ana Alexandra Craciun in 1981. The author’s name is not mentioned and it is most probably a copy after the original cast by Emil Becker.

A preview of the death mask of Queen Maria is shown here in 3D:

The exhibition will be opened at the National History Museum of Romania between 16 July and 16 August 2015 and will be open for visits from Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18: 00. Tickets are RON 25 for adults, RON 7 for students and RON 15 for retired persons.

Natalia Martian

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