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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Augustine of Hippo, Doctor of the Church

18th century oval crystal-fronted silver theca housing first-class ex ossibus (from the bone) relic of Saint Augustine of Hippo. The relic is affixed to a faded silk background, surrounded by a paperolle and twisted silver wire ornamentation and titled on a paper cedula label as S. Augustini Doct. On the back, the theca is secured with a well preserved seal of a Catholic bishop.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (†430) was an early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. He was the bishop of Hippo Regius in north Africa and is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity for his writings in the Patristic Era. Augustine was canonized by popular acclaim, and later recognized as a Doctor of the Church in 1298 by Pope Boniface VIII. His feast day is 28 August,  and he is veneated by all Christian denominations which venerate saints. He is considered the patron saint of brewers, printers, theologians, sore eyes, and a number of cities and dioceses.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 55-RSABR-35
  • Size: 35 x 30 mm
  • Age: ca. 18th century, Italy
  • Materials: Silver
  • Price: $725
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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