Detail from the Polyptych of the Virgin and Child: St. James the Greater
The staff is the attribute of St. James as pilgrim, referring to the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. To signal his status as an apostle, he has a gospel book, archaizing garments (tunic and pallium), and bare feet.
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Photographed at the basilica by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.