Saint Peter Martyr

Plaster? Painted eyes. Approximately 5 feet tall (1.5 m.). Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico

St. Peter Martyr is identified by the axe in his head and the palm branch in his right hand.

If this statue is indeed wood rather than plaster, it must have been thickly repainted. On a plaque behind the statue are these words:

San Pedro Martir / Nació en Verona, Italia. Año de 1205 / Murió asasinado este ilustre predicador, gloria de los padres Dominicos el 29 de Abril de 1252 / La causa: Servir al pueblo. Como lo hizo nuestro Señor Jesucristo / Culpables: La secta heretica de los Cátaros y un asesino a sueldo."

That is, "St. Peter Martyr / Born in Verona, Italy, in the year 1205 / This famous preacher, glory of the Dominican fathers, was assassinated on the 29th of April, 1252 / The reason: Serving the people, just like our Lord Jesus Christ / Those responsible: The heretical sect of Cathars and a hired assassin."

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Photographed at the church by Claire and Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.