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Fine Religious antique, coming from Europe
Religious and churchart Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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This is a old plaster statue; it's Saint barbara. This statue is ca 70 years old. There is a liitle damage on one finger, see scan. This statue is 15.5 inch H. Shipping with Fedex Economy is 35$. I want to thank the writer of Patron Saints Index.
formerly 4 December
removed from revised Roman calendar and cultus suppressed in 1969
A beautiful maiden imprisoned in a high tower by her father Dioscorus for disobedience. While there, she was tutored by philosphers, orators and poets. From them she learned to think, and decided that polytheism was nonsense. With the help of Origen and Valentinian, she converted to Christianity.
Her father denounced her to the local authorities for her faith, and they ordered him to kill her. She escaped, but he caught her, dragged her home by her hair, tortured her, and killed her. He was immediately struck by lightning, or according to some sources, fire from heaven.
Her imprisonment led to her association with towers, then the construction and maintenance of them, then to their military uses. The lightning that avenged her murder led to asking her protection against fire and lightning, and her patronage of firefighters, etc. Her association with things military and with death that falls from the sky led to her patronage of all things related to artillery, and her image graced powder magazines and arsenals for years. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.
While there were undoubtedly beautiful converts named Barbara, this saint is legend, and her cultus developed when pious fiction was mistaken for history.
beheaded by her father c.235 at Nicomedia during the persecution of Maximinus of Thrace
relics at Burano, Italy, and Kiev, Russia
against death by artillery
against mine collapse
Montecatini Terme, Italy
safety from storms
Santa Barbara, California
Toa Alto, Puerto Rico
cannon, its attack being reminiscent of the lightning that struck her father
catapult, its attack being reminiscent of the lightning that struck her father
princess in a tower with either the palm of martyrdom or chalice of happy death
woman holding a feather
woman holding a tower
palm of martyrdom
woman trampling a Saracen
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