Statue of St Cosmas, France, 1801-1900

Made:
1801-1900 in France

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Wooden figure of Saint-Cosmas, twin brother of Saint Damian, patron saints of physicians, French(?), 19th century

Wooden figure of Saint Cosmas, probably French, 1801-1900. St. Cosmas and his twin brother St. Damian are the patron saints of physicians. They were physicians who would not accept payment for treatment, an act of charity which converted many people to Christianity. Cosmas is also commonly represented holding a phial of ointment.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A634946
Materials:
paint and wood (unidentified)
Measurements:
overall: 516 mm x 160 mm x 143 mm, 4.134 kg
type:
statue
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
credit:
Treanton