and that when he bowed to it, God would destroy it. As Thomas bowed, the steel idol melted like wax. The high priest was furious, so he ran Thomas through with a spear (some accounts say a sword), killing him.
When he is portrayed in human form, Thomas sometimes lacks a beard, which is rather unusual for an apostle. 1. A symbol of Thomas is a spear which represents his martyrdom. Arrows and stones are also used, because some traditions speak of his being martyred in those fashions. 2. A builder’s square is also popular, referring to Thomas’ building the king’s palace.