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France, Paris, early 16th century

Dance of Death: The Pope. In the border panel, the skeletal figure of Death appears behind the figure of the Pope. The theme of Death arriving to lead men and women away continues on subsequent pages as Death arrives to take not only the Pope but twenty-one others from all orders of society.

The Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Lewis E 113, fol. 40v

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