Mud and skeletal ancestral masks created for ritual worship by the tribes of New Guinea are the first examples in the history of human casting.
The first artistic creation from the skull, plaster and jewel encrusted excavated in Jericho.
Body castings used in the production of the sarcophagus that transports the dead to the afterlife in Egypt.
England begins the tradition of royal castings, displaying the portraits from Edward the second forward in Westminster Abbey.
First documentation of the life casting process, Cennino d'Andrea Cennini's Il Librio del Arte, the Craftsman's Handbook, details how life castings were preformed during the Renaissance. A lengthy and uncomfortable experience that deterred the ready acceptance of life casting for 600 more years.
1400 — 1600 A.D.
Life casting flourishes during the renaissance, marking a time of the humanistic revival of classical influence. Even though the Church forbade the use of the human body for the arts & sciences, sculptors surreptitiously use life castings as their basis for creating statuary.
Face castings made during the French Reign of Terror of the recently guillotined, leads to the founding of Madame Toussaud's Wax Museum.
The art of life casting is revolutionized by the ready availability of plaster impregnated gauze. Taking the actual time of the casting from 45 - 60 minutes, down to only 10 minutes.
The revival of ancestral masking marks the true beginning of a new millennium in portraiture.
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