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Sixth woodcut of Rethel's Dance of Death showing Death riding a horse after an insurrection
Sixth plate from Rethel's "Yet Another Dance of Death."

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The Getty Research Institute, The Internet Archive

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The sixth and final woodcut of Rethel’s Dance of Death shows a street after the battle. As the smoke dissipates and each side mourns its dead, Death, divested of all garments save a laurel wreath, rides his horse to the top of a barricade, carrying a seemingly blank flag. While the animal licks blood from the wound of a fallen man, Death turns his eyes toward a dying insurgent.

The title reads in the original German: Der Tod als Sieger.

This series of plates was engraved under the supervision of Hugo Bürkner.

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