wax figures

wax figures,

sculptures usually made of beeswax or tallow, which is susceptible to modeling, casting, and coloring. The Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used wax to make sacred images or death masks. Wax has been employed in the cire perduecire perdue
[Fr.,=lost wax], sculptural process of metal casting that may be used for hollow and solid casting. The sculptor makes a model in plaster or clay that is then coated with wax. This model is then covered with a perforated plaster or clay mold.
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 casting process for sculpture; it is also used in the preparatory stages by sculptors as a sketch or model for the finished work. Polychrome wax portraits were popular in Europe throughout the 18th cent. In the 19th cent., wax dolls came into fashion, and exhibits of wax figures, often portraits of notorious people, were popular. Among such collections Mme Tussaud's, London, and the Musée Grévin, Paris, are famous.


See F. Eliscu, Direct Wax Sculpture (1969); R. McDermott Miller, Figure Sculpture in Wax and Plaster (1971, repr. 1987).

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They sat rather like a very superior lot of waxworks, with the fixed but indetermined facial expression and with that odd air wax figures have of being aware of their existence being but a sham.
They all sat like wax figures, some with their glasses arrested halfway to their lips.
In Grandfather's younger days there used to be a wax figure of him in one of the Boston museums, representing a solemn, dark-visaged person, in a minister's black gown, and with a black-letter volume before him.
The unhappy girl fell back on her criminal's seat, speechless, tearless, white as a wax figure.
A wax museum in London has split up the wax figures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, sparking criticisms among royal followers.
"I know how fun it is there, how fun it is to take photos with and of the wax figures of the celebrities.
The Delhi Madame Tussauds showcases wax figures of many Bollywood and international celebrities.
"So I know how fun it is there, how fun it is to take photos with the celebrities in wax figures. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'm gonna be immortalized," Wurtzbach said.
In the meantime, she updated her Instagram account with her photos with the wax figures inside the museum.
Madame Tussauds first opened in London and has since opened several museums all over the world, housing wax figures of prominent historical figures and contemporary celebrities.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wax figures came to life in London recently.
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