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Reliquary theca with relics of Gerolamo Emiliani, founder of the Somascan Fathers

Round glass-fronted reliquary theca dating to 20th century housing second class ex arca lignea (from the wood of the casket) relics of Saint Gerolamo Emiliani. The relics are affixed to a red silk background and identified on a typographic cedula as Ex arca lignea / S. Hieronymi. Aem. (from the wood of the casket of Saint Gerolamo Emiliani). 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 the Somascan Fathers.


Saint Gerolamo Emiliani (Hieronymus Emiliani) (†1537), was an Italian humanitarian, founder of the Somascan Fathers, and saint of the Roman Catholic Church​. He was canonized by Pope Clement XIII on July 16, 1767 and in 1928 Pius Xl named him the patron of orphans and abandoned children.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 84-RSABR-2
  • Size: 28 mm in diameter
  • Age: ca. 20th century
  • Materials: metal
  • Price: $425

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