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Reliquary theca with relic of St. John the Baptist, the Forerunner of Christ

Oval glass-fronted brass reliquary theca housing a relic of Saint John the Baptist. The relic is mounted on yellow silk ground surrounded by silver wire and paperolle ornamentation and identified in Latin on a manuscript cedula label as S. Jo. Bapt. (Saint John the Baptist). On the back, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of Archbishop Francesco Saverio Passari (†1808), Vicegerent of Rome and Titular Archbishop of Larissa in Thessalia. 

Saint John the Baptist known as the Forerunner in Christ in the Orthodox Church was a Jewish itinerant preacher in the early first century AD. John is revered as a major religious figure in Christianity, Islam, the Bahá'í Faith, and Mandaeism. He is called a prophet by all of these traditions and honored as a saint in many Christian traditions. He is a Patron saint of Jordan, Puerto Rico, Knights Hospitaller of Jerusalem, French Canada, Newfoundland, Cesena, Florence, Genoa, Monza, Perth (Scotland), Porto, San Juan, Turin, Xewkija, and many other places.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 38-RSMIS-15
  • Size: 34 x 27 mm
  • Age: ca. 1800
  • Origin: Rome, Italy
  • Materials: brass, glass, silk, paper, silver, Spanish wax
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Orthodox Cross
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