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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Eulalia of Barcelona, Virgin and Martyr.

Oval  glass-fronted brass theca housing very large (22 x 10 mm!) first-class ex ossibus relic of Saint Eulalia, Virgin and Martyr.The relic is affixed to a purple background and titled on a handwritten cedula label as S. Eulaliae V. et M.  On the back, under protective cap, the theca is secured with a perfectly preserved red wax seal with a coat of arms of a Catholic bishop.

Saint Eulalia (Aulaire, Aulazia, Olalla, Eulària) (†303), co-patron saint of Barcelona, was a 13-year-old Roman Christian virgin who suffered martyrdom in Barcelona during the persecution of Christians in the reign of emperor Diocletian​. For refusing to recant her Christianity, the Romans subjected her to thirteen tortures; including: ​putting her into a barrel with knives stuck into it and rolling it down a street​, ​cutting off her breasts​, ​​crucifixion on an X-shaped cross​, ​and ​finally, decapitation.​ Her feast day is commemorated on February 12 (August 22 in the Orthodox Church)​

Additional Info

  • ID#: 71-RSABR-75
  • Size: 45 mm x 38 mm
  • Age: ca. 19th century, Italy
  • Price: $1,750
  • Orthodox Cross
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