The Magistrate turns his back on a poor litigant, preferring to listen to the corrupting whispers of a demon who is blowing in his ear. But meanwhile, even as he enjoys the boons of this world, Death is at his feet with an hourglass and a shovel ready to dig the grave that he will soon be inhabiting.
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The Dance of Death is an important allegory commenting on human mortality and the passing transience of life. It depicts Death as a fairly jovial skeleton armed with a scythe, who invites his victims to a dance which invariably ends in their demise. The point of the allegory is that no one can refuse its invitation to the dance: hgh church officials, kings or paupers, all must dance and eventually die.