Mary Stuart ... Queen of Scotts ... her death on the execution block, at the hand of Queen Elizabeth was characterized by her dignity, bearing and composure. It was common to strike a mask from the severed head as soon as possible after death. The original appearance of the mask would be white & unembellished. This mask was found in Peterborough where Mary was first buried, has been hand-painted. Four masks were purported to have been made only two of which are extant.