"the merry dance of death"

The dance of death (or Danse Macabre) was a late-medieval allegory used to illustrate the inevitability of death and the way it eventually unites all, regardless of one’s station in life. Typically, Death was depicted as a skeleton, leading a row of dancing figures from various walks of life to the grave.

 

Section of Notke's Danse Macabre (late 13th to early 14th century)
Public Domain Detail of Notke's Danse Macabre (late 13th to early 14th century) - Credit: Bernt Notke