Saint James the Less

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Andrea Bregno, Saint James the Less, 1475-1477, marble, 104.1 x 46.4 x 14.7 cm, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

James the Less was one of the twelve apostles, though very little is known about him and his identity is debated.  He is likely the same person as James, son of Alphaeus, and is possibly also the James called the "brother of Jesus" (for his mother was related to the Virgin Mary).

As with his identity, his attributes are debated.  Aside fom the club seen here, he may also carry a carpenter's rule, halberd, and saw.