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1910 Documented reliquary with Passion relic from the Column of Flagellation of Jesus Christ

Large silvered brass glass-fronted oval reliquary theca housing a relic of the Passion - pebble particle from the Column of Flagellation of Jesus Christ. The substantial relic is affixed to a ground of gold silk, surrounded by silver wire and gold paperolle ornamentation and identified in Latin on a manuscript cedula labelk as Ex Columna Flahellati. Domino Nostri Jesu Christi (from the Column of Flagellation of Our Lord Jesus Christ). On the back, under a protective cap, the reliquary is secured by perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax with coat of arms of Archbishop St. Guido Maria Conforti (†), Bishop of Parma (1907-1931), who himself was canonized as a Saint in 2011 by Pope John Paul II on account of his life of heroic virtue. The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued by Monsignor Conforti in 1910.

The Column of Flagellation is a large segment of the Pillar upon which Jesus was flogged and tortured before his crucifixion is housed at the Basilica of Saint Praxedes in Rome. According to the Tradition, the relic has been retrieved in the early 4th century by Saint Helena (mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine I) who at the age of eighty undertook a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where she founded churches for Christian worship and collected relics associated with the crucifixion of Jesus on Calvary. The relic was taken from the Holy Land and brought to Rome in 1222 by Cardinal Giovanni Colonna the Younger—a member of the powerful Colonna family during the 13th century. Given to him by the King of Jerusalem after the Fourth Crusade, Colonna brought the column back to Santa Prassede, his cardinalate church since 1212 (the church that is given to a cardinal).

Additional Info

  • ID#: 285-RSCR-6
  • Size: 47 x 42 mm
  • Age: ca. 1910
  • Origin: Parma, Italy
  • Materials: silvered brass, glass, silk, silver, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price: SOLD!
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