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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Rufina, Martyr

Round glass-fronted reliquary theca dating to 1920's housing first class ex ossibus (from the bone) relics of Saint Rufina Martyr. The relics are affixed to a red silk background and identified on a typographic cedula as S. Rufinae M. (Saint Rufina, Martyr). On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of a Catholic bishop. 

Saint Rufina (Ruffina) is venerated as a Christian martyr together with her sister Saint Justa. They are said to have been martyred at Hispalis (Seville) during the 3rd century and their patronage is especially strong in Seville. According to tradition, they are protectors of the Giralda and the Cathedral of Seville, and are said to have protected both during the Lisbon earthquake of 1755. In addition, they are holy patrons of potters and sellers of pottery. Their feast day is celebrated on July 19.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 02-RSABR-2
  • Size: 30 mm in diameter
  • Age: ca. 1920's
  • Materials: Yellow metal
  • Price: $350
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