Statue of Saint Nicholas, wood, French, 19th century
Wooden statue of St. Nicholas, France, 1601-1700. In this statue, at his feet, are three children in a tub. This relates to when he lodged with an inn keeper, during a time of famine, who had killed three children and salted them down for food. When made aware of this, Nicholas went to the tub containing the remains, prayed over it, and the children were restored to life. Known as the patron saint of children, St Nicholas is today associated with Christmas.