L’Inconnue de la Seine

Celebrated as a muse by writers and artists worldwide and used as a model for the face of CPR dummies, the death mask of “The Unknown Woman of the Seine” (French: L’Inconnue de la Seine) is said to have been commissioned by the pathologist at the morgue after the young woman drown in the 1880s.

Legends tell that the woman was seduced by a rich lover and abandoned when she became pregnant. Distraught, she leapt into the Seine. Although this story is unlikely, hundreds have been captivated by her Mona Lisa smile.Her photo was for a time a very fashionable piece of home decor.



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Information sources:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-24534069
http://www.radiolab.org/story/172693-death-mask/

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By Unknown author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons