St. Jude Thaddaeus was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and the cousin of our lord and savior, he is known as the patron of hopeless cases. St. Jude is often seen holding an image of Christ, in the image of Edessa as shown in the this beautifull carved piece. Many pictures of him also depicit a flame around his head, which is due for his acceptance of the Holy Spirit. It is to be noted that the remains of St. Jude can be found at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Finally, St. Jude is known as the patron of hopeless cases.