Last night I dreamed that I was looking at some kind of textiles shop when I saw a tapestry on one wall. At the top, in large medieval-book-of-hours style lettering, it said “WE ARE ALL COMING ON COMFORTABLY IN THIS WORLD” and below that was what I thought at first was a cat sitting up and washing its paw. I had a thought that it was kind of an inappropriate sentiment to be displaying given the pandemic, but then I realized the cat washing its paw was actually the Grim Reaper – the scythe was the paw, the back of his hood was the cat’s muzzle, the skull of the Reaper was a marking on the cat’s neck, and the bottom of his robe was the tail.
I also realized that was only the top third or so of the tapestry, and the rest was divided up into squares displaying little scenes, each showing bones buried under a pleasant pastoral scene (there was one that was a fishing village, one that was an aquaeduct, and one with cats, I remember, but I think there were about 12 in all). Most of the scenes were stylistically reminiscent of various Danse Macabres, but had bones underneath or sticking up through the ground, a skeleton or reaper as a character, and a “normal” background.
I had the distinct thought in the dream that it was a “plague tapestry”, which I don’t think is a thing, but it was so vivid and so familiar in my mind when I woke up that I feel like it must be something I saw somewhere. I haven’t been able to find anything directly resembling it, mostly just old illuminations and illustrations, so probably it was my mind making a collage, but still. Eerie.