Wooden plaque of St Lucy, Spain, 1601-1700

Made:
1601-1700 in Spain
Wooden plaque of St Lucy of Syracuse, Spanish, 17th century. Dark background Wooden plaque of St Lucy of Syracuse, Spanish, 17th century. White background

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Wooden plaque of St Lucy of Syracuse, Spanish, 17th century. Dark background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Wooden plaque of St Lucy of Syracuse, Spanish, 17th century. White background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Plaque of Saint Lucy, wood, Spanish, 17th century

Wooden plaque of Saint Lucy, Spain, 1601-1700. St. Lucy was martyred in the 3rd century AD during the persecution of the Christians by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. She became a patron of eye problems because legend told how she never wished to marry, and when a suitor admired her eyes, she plucked them out in scorn to discourage his advances. Miraculously they grew back again.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A634376
Materials:
gilt, lace, metal (unknown), paint, textile and wood
Measurements:
overall (lying flat): 105 mm x 467 mm x 585 mm, 4.218 kg
overall (upright): 585 mm x 467 mm x 105 mm, 4.218 kg
type:
plaque
taxonomy: