The erchant

Dance of Death: The Merchant

After having made port and escaped the dangers of the ocean with his ship and goods intact, the happy merchant attempts to secure his bales of merchandise, only to be surprised by death just as he thought that he had reached safety.

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Dance of Death

Dance of Death

The Dance of Death is an important allegory commenting on human mortality and the passing transience of life. It depicts Death as a fairly jovial skeleton armed with a scythe, who invites his victims to a dance which invariably ends in their demise. The point of the allegory is that no one can refuse its invitation to the dance: hgh church officials, kings or paupers, all must dance and eventually die.