Saint Thecla

Parish church, Judenburg, Austria

Even without the label on the podium the figure's identity as St. Thecla is unmistakeable. As in nearly half of the images I have seen of her, she holds a cross aloft, having been saved by the Sign of the Cross from the fire shown here at her right foot. When the pagans could not burn her, they tried putting her in the arena with wild beasts, represented here by the lion at her left foot. When that did not work, they tried enraged bulls.

The only attribute missing from the statue is a palm branch, which may once have been in the figure's left hand. Technically she is not a martyr, having survived all the attempts to kill her, but many images give her the palm branch nevertheless.

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