Saint Agatha, known as the patron saint of cancer, is shown with a shiny plate with cut breasts. During the persecution of Decius, she was tortured and supposedly had her breasts were cut off.
Saint Lucy supposedly had her eyes removed during the Diocletianic Persecution of Christians and is represented holding a dish with two cut eyes. According to the story her eyes were miraculously restored during her burial, thus making her the patron saint of the blind, or the protector of sight.
Saint Apollonia, who holds a pair of pincers with a tooth, is regarded as the patron of dentistry since it has been said that her teeth were violently pulled out during the uprising against Christians in Alexandria, prior to the persecution of Decius.
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