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Viewing: Douce Ballads 4(46)

Ballad - Roud Number: 1031

Title: Messenger of mortality, or Life and Death contrasted

First Line: Fair lady, lay your costly robes aside

Themes:  Mortality


Illustration

IconClass Codes:
31AA533: Styles of hairdress - AA - ~ women
31F11: Death's head, skull (symbol of Death)
31AA231: Standing figure - AA - female human figure
42E311: Gravestone, tombstone
41D262: Fan
41D211: Dress, gown
31F26(+3): Death as skeleton (+ Death with bow and arrow)
41C322: Mug, beaker, goblet
41D266: Ornaments, jewels
41C7112: Bottle of wine
11R5: (personifications of) 'Vanitas', the vanity of human life; Fragilità humana, Fugacità delle grandezze & della gloria mondana, Meditatione della morte, Opera vana, Piacere vano, Vana gloria, Vanità (Ripa)
43C512: Playing-cards
41D225(+82): Gloves, mittens, etc. (+ women's clothes)



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