St. Agatha was a second century woman born in Sicily. Agatha in embracing chastity and rejected the advances from men angered a Roman Judge. When Agatha rejected his advances she was humiliated, imprisoned and tortured, finally dying a martyr for the faith.
St. Agatha is depicted in art with symbols that represent the torture she underwent including embers, a knife, shears, and tongs. She usually is shown wearing a crown of flowers or holding a palm branch to symbolize her purity. Many times she is depicted holding a plate on which lie her breasts.