Skeletal Macabre Dancers

Skeletal SeriesDuring 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. Now also available in Skeletal Warrior. .

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  • Tan Clay Macabre Dancer Mini Cupoctopus
  • Red Clay Macabre Dancer Mini Cupoctopus
  • Black Clay Macabre Dancer Mini Cup, all viewsoctopus
Miniature Cup
2-4oz handless cup
$13
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  • Tan Clay Macabre Dancer Cupoctopus
  • Red Clay Macabre Dancer Cupoctopus
  • Black Clay Macabre Dancer Cupoctopus
  • Skeletal Warriors on Tan Cupoctopus
Medium Cup
12-14oz handless cup
$23
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  • Tan Clay Macabre Dancer Mugoctopus
  • Macabre Mug, Light Red clayoctopus
  • Red Clay Macabre Dancer Mugoctopus
  • Black Clay Macabre Dancer Mugoctopus
  • Skeletal Warrior on Tan Mugoctopus
Mug
16oz handled cup
$33
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  • Tan Clay Macabre Dancer Bowloctopus
  • Black Clay Macabre Dancer Bowloctopus
  • Macabre Bow, Light red clayoctopus
  • Macabre Bow, Red clayoctopus
  • Skeletal Warriors on Tan Bowloctopus
Bowl
5-6" across
$23
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  • Tan  Clay Macabre Dancer Serving Bowl, view 1octopus
  • Tan  Clay Macabre Dancer Serving Bowl, view 2octopus
  • Tan  Clay Macabre Dancer Serving Bowl, view 3octopus
Serving Bowl
7-8" across
$38
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  • Tan Clay Macabre Dancer Plateoctopus
  • Red Clay Macabre Dancer Plateoctopus
  • Skeletal Warriors on Tan Plateoctopus
Plate
8-9" dinner plate
$33
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  • Macabre Platteroctopus
Platter
13-15" platter
$79
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  • Tan Clay Macabre Dancer Pitcheroctopus
  • Red Clay Macabre Dancer Pitcheroctopus
Large Pitcher
8-10" tall
$79
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1-person Setting
Plate, bowl, & 14oz handless cup     $80
Plate, bowl, & 16oz handled mug     $85
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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.
Some of the Instrument Selection
Harp Flute, Trumpet, or Horn Lute or Guitar Tamborine Bodhran
Drum Drum Bagpipe  Staff-bearer Dog

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