62a.—Initial capital letter “A” from Dance of Death Alphabetdetails

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Image title: 62a.—Initial capital letter “A” from Dance of Death Alphabet
Source: Butsch, A. F.: “Die Bücher-Ornamentik Der Renaissance (Vol. I.)” (1878)
Keywords: lettera, initials, death, skeletons, music, musical instruments, spirit, greyscale
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This decorative initial letter “A”, or drop cap, is from an alphabet designed by Hans Holbein the Younger and dating from 1523. It features a skeleton banging a drum (or tabor) with a bone, and also playing a fife, followed by another skeleton waving a banner, or possibly playing a trumpet. Some commentators say they are marching through a graveyard or cemetary, probably from the skulls lying on the ground.

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Dimensions: 26 x 26mm (1.0 x 1.0 inches)
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Filename: 062-hans-holbein-1523-death-letter-a-q87-298x300.jpg
Artist: Holbein
Scanner dpi: 2400
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