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Belgium, Bruges, 1525-1530
MS M.1175. Fol. 125r

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Miniature, vignette, margins:
Legend, Dance of Death -- Among three skeletons, holding spears, one at far left with right hand holding banner decorated with skull, the other two join hands with woman, with left hand holding hat, or pope, wearing papal tiara, bust of another skeleton visible in grave beneath cross as grave-marker.
In background right, silhouette of crowd and executioner holding sword over kneeling blindfolded man. Another silhouetted figure climbs ladder which leans against gallows on hill behind building.
Miniature within arched gold frame decorated with filigree.

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