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Documented reliquary with relics of 26 Catholic Martyrs of Japan

Round glass-fronted silver reliquary theca dating to 1920's housing first class ex ossibus (from the bone) relics of the Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan. The relics are affixed to a red silk background and identified on a typographic cedula as Ss. Mm. Iap. (Holy Martyrs [of] Japan). On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a hardly visible imprint of a coat of arms of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin sealed by Fr. Anthony M. Santarelli, Postulator General of the Order in 1920's responsible for a cause for beatification and canonization through the judicial processes required by the Roman Catholic Church. The reliquary is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued by Fr. Anthony M. Santarelli and dated 1927.

The Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan (日本二十六聖人 Nihon Nijūroku Seijin) were a group of Catholics who were executed by crucifixion on February 5, 1597, at Nagasaki. Their martyrdom is especially significant in the history of Catholic Church in Japan. The Martyrs of Japan were canonized by the Catholic Church on June 8, 1862, by Pope Pius IX, and are listed on the calendar as Sts. Paul Miki and his Companions, commemorated on February 6.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 40-RSABR-5
  • Size: 30 mm in diameter
  • Age: ca. 1927
  • Materials: silver
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Silver