Wooden figure of Saint Apollonia and two torturers
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.
- Classical & Medieval Medicine
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- figure - representation
- visual and verbal communication
- Simon, Y.
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