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MARTIN SCHONGAUER St. Thomas.
Engraving, circa 1480. 90x51 mm; 3 1/2x2 1/4 inches. From the Twelve Apostles. With thread margins or trimmed on the plate mark. A very good, richly-inked impression of this extremely scarce, early engraving, with strong contrasts.
St. Thomas is frequently shown holding a lance. Based on traditional accounts, he traveled outside the Roman Empire to preach the Gospel, voyaging as far as Tamilakam in South India. According to one story, he converted and baptized the wife of an Indian king, Misdai. The Indian king was outraged and had Thomas killed by the thrust of a lance. Bartsch 44; Lehrs 46.