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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Louis of Toulouse

Round glass-fronted reliquary theca dating to 1920's housing first class ex ossibus (from the bone) relics of Saint Louis of Toulouse. The relics are affixed to a red silk background and identified on a typographic cedula as Ex Oss. S. Ludovic Ep. C. (ex ossibus of Saint Luis, Bishop and Confessor)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 Louis of Toulouse (†1297) was a cadet of the royal French house of Anjou who was made a Catholic bishop at the age of about 22, rapidly gaining a reputation for serving the poor, feeding the hungry, and ignoring his own needs. He was canonized by John XXII on 7 April 1317.  He was not widely venerated in the rest of Europe, but the Franciscans embraced him, keeping his day in their calendar and removing his relics in 1423 to Valencia, where he was made its patron saint. His feast day is celebrated on August 19.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 12-RSABR-2
  • Size: 23 mm in diameter
  • Age: ca. 1920s
  • Materials: White metal
  • Price: $325
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