This charcoal and pastel drawing is of a wood sculpture at the DIA from 15th century Germany. The sculpture is finished on three sides and doubtless was installed against a wall or column of a church. The 4th century Roman martyr Catherine was beheaded. She is shown holding a sword, the instrument of her death. Martyrs are often depicted with the tools of their martyrdom – to remind us of their sacrifice, and to show the means of their deliverance from this worldly existence into the endless glories of eternal life with God.