Joyce’s Death Mask on Display at Hunt Museum by jjqblog
June 22, 2012, 9:58 AM
Filed under: Events, Exhibits & Displays

As part of this year’s Bloomsday celebration, the Hunt Museum in Limerick displayed Joyce’s death mask.  The mask, one of two originals, was made two days after Joyce’s death in 1941 out of Dublin silver by Swiss sculptor Paul Speck.   The Hunt Museum has had the mask on loan from a private collection for the past 12 years, but has kept it in storage until this year’s Bloomsday.  If you’re interested in viewing the mask, it is necessary to do so soon because it will be put back in storage at the end of June.  Hat tip to the Irish Times.


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The Limerick death mask is unlikely to be an original. As far always with know, three plaster masks were made at the time at the instigation of Carola Giedion-Welcker.She donated one of them to the James Joyce Museum in Sandycove. Her heirs gave the other one to the Zürich James Joyce Foundation in 1985. The sculptor kept one to himself and it is now in the Zürich Zentralbibliothek.
Any number of replicas can be made and have been made.

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