Erkunde Alexandria, Köln und noch mehr!

A gilded silver figure of Saint Catherine of Alexandria/Heilige Katharina, made in Cologne/Köln, c.1380; she holds her symbolic attributes of a sword and a wheel and wears a crown, symbol of martyred glory. (Museum Schnütgen)

A gilded silver figure of Saint Catherine of Alexandria/Heilige Katharina, made in Cologne/Köln, c.1380; she holds her symbolic attributes of a sword and a wheel and wears a crown, symbol of martyred glory. (Museum Schnütgen)

An English silver apostle spoon made by William Simpson, 1534/35; the saint is depicted with his symbolic attributes: a pilgrim's staff and hat. (The Holburne Museum)

An English silver apostle spoon made by William Simpson, 1534/35; the saint is depicted with his symbolic attributes: a pilgrim's staff and hat. (The Holburne Museum)

A Saxon wooden figure of St Nicholas of Myrna, c.1500, with symbolic attributes, a bishop's mitre and three balls/moneybags. (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden)

A Saxon wooden figure of St Nicholas of Myrna, c.1500, with symbolic attributes, a bishop's mitre and three balls/moneybags. (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden)

16th century (1500-1520) Bohemia  wood carving, St Catherine of Alexandria  (Czech republic) Český Krumlov, Regionální muzeum    http://tethys.imareal.oeaw.ac.at/realonline/  no. 14515

16th century (1500-1520) Bohemia wood carving, St Catherine of Alexandria (Czech republic) Český Krumlov, Regionální muzeum http://tethys.imareal.oeaw.ac.at/realonline/ no. 14515

A fifteenth-century English panel portraying the miraculous release of St Catherine of Alexandria from death by torture on spiked wheels; she is shown with a halo and martyr's crown and the broken wheel, her primary symbolic attribute; God, holding an orb, symbol of his global authority, is shown above her. (Victoria & Albert Museum)

The Legend of St Catherine: the saint saved from the wheels (Panel)

A fifteenth-century English panel portraying the miraculous release of St Catherine of Alexandria from death by torture on spiked wheels; she is shown with a halo and martyr's crown and the broken wheel, her primary symbolic attribute; God, holding an orb, symbol of his global authority, is shown above her. (Victoria & Albert Museum)

A jewelled bronze, mother of pearl and gilded symbolic 'gate to heavenly Jerusalem' by J S Meyer. (© Rheinisches Bildarchiv/Museum Schnütgen)

A jewelled bronze, mother of pearl and gilded symbolic 'gate to heavenly Jerusalem' by J S Meyer. (© Rheinisches Bildarchiv/Museum Schnütgen)

The twelfth-century north-eastern Indian copper-alloy Lotus Mandala of Hevajra; fashioned in the form of a lotus, symbol of purity; at the centre is the divine couple Hevajra and Nairatyma surrounded by eight yoginis. (Rubin Museum)

The twelfth-century north-eastern Indian copper-alloy Lotus Mandala of Hevajra; fashioned in the form of a lotus, symbol of purity; at the centre is the divine couple Hevajra and Nairatyma surrounded by eight yoginis. (Rubin Museum)

A mid-fifteenth-century alabaster carving depicting the soul of John the Baptist, symbolised by  his head, looking down at the lamb of God/Agnus Dei, a symbol of Christ and John's symbolic attribute; flanking are Saint Peter and Saint Thomas à Becket. (Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums)

A mid-fifteenth-century alabaster carving depicting the soul of John the Baptist, symbolised by his head, looking down at the lamb of God/Agnus Dei, a symbol of Christ and John's symbolic attribute; flanking are Saint Peter and Saint Thomas à Becket. (Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums)

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