rich customer pays the advocate's in hard cash, while a poor man (the rich man's opponent?) stands at the side, wringing his hands.
Death generously drops a few coins into the hand of the advocate (picture to the left), but at the same time points out that the sands of time are about to run out.
Holbein's dance of death has also inspired the dance of death in Chur in Switzerland - see picture to the right.
einrich Vogtherr has included his cutter's mark — a laterally reversed HVE (Heinrich Vogtherr Elterer) — in the lower, right corner. Click here for a super-sized image of Vogtherr's advocate.
Variations: Birckmann lets the advocate rest his cane on his shoulder instead of waving it around; the advocate stands on a stone plate; the buildings in the background are altered and one of them is encircled by birds. Hollar and Deuchar imitates Birckmann.