Wooden figure of Saint Apollonia and two torturers

Made:
1801-1900

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Wooden figure of Saint Apollonia and two torturers, patron saint of toothache sufferers, French, 19th century

Christians throughout the ages have believed that praying to the saints could cure particular conditions. The way a particular saint had been martyred influenced what kind of cure they were associated with. This rather gruesome example shows Apollonia (3rd century CE), the patron saint of toothache, having her teeth forcibly removed.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A156017/1
type:
figure - representation
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Simon, Y.