Wooden statue of St Nicholas, France, 1801-1900

Made:
1801-1900 in France and France and
maker:
Unknown

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Statue of Saint Nicholas, wood, French, 17th century(?) Black background.
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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.

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Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A634580
Materials:
metal (unknown), paint, wood
type:
statue
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
credit:
Treanton
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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