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1779 Documented reliquary with relics of St. Clare of Assisi, Founder of the Order of Poor Clares

Oval glass-fronted silvered brass reliquary theca housing the first-class ex ossibus (of a bone) relic of Saint Clare of Assisi. The relic is affixed to a silk ground surrounded by silver wire and gilt paperolle ornamentation and identified in Latin on manuscript cedula label as Ex Oss. / S. Clarae  (of a bone of Saint Clare [of Assisi]).  On the back, under a papier-mache protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Francesco Pettorelli Lalatta (†), Bishop of Parma (1760-1788). The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued and sealed by the order of Bishop Lalatta in 1779.

Saint Clare of Assisi († 1253) is an Italian saint and one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. She founded the Order of Poor Ladies, a monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition, and wrote their Rule of Life, the first set of monastic guidelines known to have been written by a woman. She is a patron of Eye disease, goldsmiths, laundry, television, embroiderers, gilders, good weather, needleworkers, Santa Clara Pueblo, Obando.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 281-6-RSSR-225
  • Size: 33 x 28 mm
  • Age: ca. 1779
  • Origin: Parma, Italy
  • Materials: Brass, glass, silk, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price: SOLD!
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