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Reliquary bust with relics of St Dismas Martyr and the Pentient Thief

Attractive 18th century  bust monstrance of gilt and silvered wood housing very significant and historically important first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of ​the Saint Dismas the Pentient ThiefThe relic in displayed in an oval grass-fronted cavity located in the chest area of the bust and identified on a fancy-cut paper cedula label as  Ex Oss. S. Dismae M. (Of the bone of Saint Dismas, Martyr). On the back, the cavity is secured by a seal of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Gherardo Antonio Volpi, Bishop of Nocera de’ Pagani (1744-1768). Fit for a large place of public veneration. 

The Penitent Thief, also known as the Good Thief or the Thief on the Cross, is one of two unnamed persons mentioned in a version of the Crucifixion of Jesus in the New Testament. In the accounts in the Gospel of Mark and Gospel of Matthew, these two join the crowd in mocking Jesus. The Gospel of Luke describes one asking Jesus to "remember him" when Jesus will have "come into" his kingdom. He is officially venerated in the Catholic Church. The Roman Martyrology places his commemoration on March 25, together with the Feast of the Annunciation, because of a Medieval Catholic hypothesis that Christ (and the penitent thief) were crucified and died exactly on the anniversary of Christ's Incarnation. He is given the name Dismas in the Gospel of Nicodemus and is traditionally known in Catholicism as Saint Dismas  (sometimes Dysmas; in Spanish and Portuguese, Dimas).

Additional Info

  • ID#: 144-RSCR-1
  • Size: Reliquary: 30 cm / 12 inches high
  • Age: ca. 18th century, Italy
  • Materials: gilt and silvered wood
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Orthodox Cross