London, South Kensington
26 September 2000
A LATE 16TH CENTURY CONTINENTAL PLAQUE
of rectangular form, engraved with St. Dorothea, seated holding a basket of flowers and with an attendant cherub, inscribed below, "S.Dorotea O.P. Nobis, Dorotea Bulmannin", with chain attached - 11.75cm high.
St. Dorothea was martyred circa 303BC by the Governor of Cappadocia in Asia Minor, Fabricius, for refusing to recant her Christian belief. On the way to her execution a local scribe mockingly asked her to send him roses and apples from the Gardens of Heaven. After her death a child appeared to the man and presented him with roses and apples and it is these two things, either shown together or individually that are the attributes for the saint.
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