Copy of a Beethoven life mask
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14. Copy of a Beethoven life mask
Created by the Viennese sculptor Franz Klein (1779 - 1840), the original was made in 1812 and required Beethoven’s face to be covered with oil and then fluid plaster. During the process, Beethoven could only breathe through two straws inserted into his nostrils.