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Statuette - St Catherine

St Catherine

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This statuette from the 16th century by an unknown artist from Germany represents the saint St Catherine of Alexandria. She is standing crowned, with a wheel by her side. In her right hand is a sword, in her left a ring.

St. Catherine also called St Catherine of the Wheel or the Great Martyr Saint Catherine is a Christian Saint and Martyr. Her principal symbol is a spiked wheel and her feast day is 25th November by most Christian churches. The legend tells that she was to be condemned to death on a wheel, which broke, when she touched it. She was then beheaded instead.

The statuette is made of pipeclay, which is a fine white clay used to make tobacco pipes and pottery. Conveniently situated on a major trading route, Siegburg was a centre of ceramic production with well-organised workshops and kilns in which also pipe-clay figures were fired.

Physical description

The saint standing crowned, with a wheel by her side; in her right hand is a sword, in her left a ring

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


16th century (made)



Materials and Techniques



Height: 9.20 cm

Object history note

Dug up near Cologne. Bought, 5s.

Descriptive line

Statuette, pipeclay, St Catherine of Alexandria, Germany (Siegburg), 16th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Inventory of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Years 1903 - 1904. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, During the Year 1903, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition with Appendix and Indices. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Wyman and Sons, Limited, 1907, p. 250

Production Note

Germany - Siegburg



Subjects depicted

Sword; Ring


Sculpture; Christianity; Religion


Sculpture Collection

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