Skeleton Dancers & Warriors

During the time of the Black Death, people would dance through the streets dressed as skeletons to trick the Plague away by pretending everyone was already dead. In fact, the dance of death has its recorded roots in France in the 1400s. Today, you can see these reenacted at Renaissance faires across the country--and see our interpretation of these musical skeletons from period Holbein woodcuts posturing on pottery.

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  • Macabre Dancer: BagpipesMacabre Dancer: BagpipesMacabre Dancer: Bagpipes
  • Macabre Dancer: BodhranMacabre Dancer: BodhranMacabre Dancer: Bodhran
  • Macabre Dancer: DrumMacabre Dancer: DrumMacabre Dancer: Drum
  • Macabre Dancer: HarpMacabre Dancer: HarpMacabre Dancer: Harp
  • Macabre Dancer: HornMacabre Dancer: HornMacabre Dancer: Horn
  • Macabre Dancer: LuteMacabre Dancer: LuteMacabre Dancer: Lute
  • Macabre Dancer: StaffMacabre Dancer: BagpipesMacabre Dancer: Staff
  • Macabre Animal: DogMacabre Animal: DogMacabre Animal: Dog
  • Macabre Animal: HorseMacabre Animal: HorseMacabre Animal: Horse
  • Macabre Warrior: BowMacabre Warrior: BowMacabre Warrior: Bow
  • Macabre Warrior: MaceMacabre Warrior: MaceMacabre Warrior: Mace
  • Macabre Warrior: SpearMacabre Warrior: SpearMacabre Warrior: Spear
  • Macabre Warrior: SwordMacabre Warrior: SwordMacabre Warrior: Sword
  • Macabre GamerMacabre GamerMacabre Gamer
  • Macabre 2-4oz Cup, Black, 3 viewsMacabre 2-4oz Cup, Black, 3 viewsMacabre 2-4oz Cup, Black, 3 views
Miniature Cup, 2-4oz     $15
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  • Macabre 10-14oz Beaker Cup, BlackMacabre 10-14oz Beaker Cup, BlackMacabre 10-14oz Beaker Cup, Black
  • Macabre 10-14oz S-side Cup, Tan, WarriorMacabre 10-14oz S-side Cup, Tan, WarriorMacabre 10-14oz S-side Cup, Tan, Warrior
Medium Cup, 10-14oz     $31
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  • Macabre Tan Warrior PlateMacabre Tan Warrior PlateMacabre Tan Warrior Plate
8-9 inch Plate     $35
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History & Documentation

A page telling the history of the Dance of Death. Starting with its documentable origins in a French cemetery fresco, this page gives a history of the tradition running to present times.
Hans Holbein's masterpiece of the macabre, originally published in Lyons in 1538. This site shows captioned images of Holbein's work, including "A Cemetery" which "several Deaths are assembled, most of whom are playing on noisy instruments."
Danse Macabre - Wikipedia. Another cited source for the background of the Danse Macabre, with many links to paintings, woodcuts, and other related subjects.


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