Statue of cadaver and the Bailiff

PART OF:
Collection of statues representing the Dance of Death
Statue of cadaver and the Bailiff (statue; cast) Plaster statue of cadaver wearing hat with arm around The

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Plaster statue of cadaver wearing hat with arm around The
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Plaster statue of cadaver wearing hat with arm around The Bailiff, one of a set of 37 statues, representing the Dance of Death, probably English, early to mid 19th century

This is one of a set of 37 statues representing the dance in which death summons reluctant mortal revellers to join his dance. The story of Death Calling the Dance is reputedly of German origin. The imagery arose in the 1400s when Europe was ravaged by the Black Death and other outbreaks of plague. It was made famous throughout Europe by copperplate engravings, particularly during the 1600s when plague returned in force.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A654860 Pt26
Materials:
plaster
type:
statue and cast