he judge turns his attention away from the poor man and towards the rich man, who's about to produce money from his purse. Death appears from behind and grabs the judge's staff to break the symbol of his power.
Death has an iron collar, and a bit of a heavy chain hangs down his back (picture to the left). It's an obvious conclusion that Death comes in the shape of one of the Judge's previous victims.
Holbein's dance of death has also inspired the dance of death in Chur in Switzerland - see picture to the right.
Variations: Birckmann equips the judge with a hat with build-in earmuffs and makes a shell-motif on the wall; the hourglass is set up. The same does Valvasor and Deuchar, except that Deuchar misses the chain on Death's back.