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Statue of St Cosmas, France, 1801-1900

St Cosmas (d. circa 303 CE) was a Christian martyr who with his twin St Damian practised the art of healing. They received no payment. The twins are often represented in paintings; most famously they are shown miraculously giving a white Christian man who has lost his leg a new black one from a Moor. The Moors were Muslim people from North Africa. St Cosmas and St Damian are the patron saints of physicians, surgeons, druggists and dentists. This wooden statue was probably made in France.

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Glossary: statue

A sculpture in the round representing human or animal figures or small figure groups; a statuette is a smaller sculpture.