St. Apollonia. by James C. Christensen When the heathen population of Alexandria rioted against the Christians in 249, Apollonia was beaten and her teeth extracted with tongs. Being threatened with fire, Apollonia “being kindled within by a greater fire of the Holy Spirit” walked into the fire of her own accord. She is the patron saint of dentists. (Note the necklace of teeth identifying Apollonia).
St. Apollonia -Feast day:Febr 9, She had all her teeth knocked out after being hit in the face by a Christian persecutor. After she was threatened with fire unless she renounced her faith, she jumped into the flames voluntarily. She is popularly regarded as the patroness of dentistry & those suffering from toothache/dental problems.
Albrecht Dürer, 1471-1528, German, St Apollonia, 1521. Chalk drawing on green primed paper, 41 x 29 cm. Kupferstichkabinett - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. German Renaissance.