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Master of the Dresden Prayer Book, "Martha" from the Isabella Berviary, late 15th c., 23 x 16 cm, paint on parchement, British Library, London
Martha was a first-century woman who met Christ when he resurrected her brother Lazarus. He visited her house and her sister, Mary, listened to his story while Martha worked in the kitchen.
There are several variations in depictions of Martha. A popular portrayal is the story of "Christ in the House of Mary and Martha," but she is also at times portrayed chasing off a dragon with an aspergillum (a liturgical tool used to sprinkle holy water), or just with cooking or cleaning utensils.