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Master of Baalam, Saint Eligius in his Workshop, c. 1450, engraving, 11.5 x 18.5 cm, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Eligius was originally a farrier, and then a goldsmith, who went to work for the king after making two thrones out of the material given for only one. He then became a priest, and converted pagans.
He is traditionally depicted as either a goldsmith with the relevant tools (including hammers, scales, pincers, and a crucible), or as a bishop (with a cope, mitre, and pastoral staff). He may be shown with symbols from his life, including two thrones, or a horse, horseshoe, and nail (representing a scene in which Christ removed horse's hooves for Eligius to shoe them). A chalice also represents him both as a goldmith and a priest.