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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Andrew the Apostle

Late 18th century oval glass-fronted silver reliquary theca housing precious relic of Saint Andrew, the Apostle. The relic is affixed to a multicolor silk background decorated with golden paperolle and silver cord ornamentation and identified on a manuscript cedula label as S. Andreae Apost. (Saint Andrew Apostle). On the back the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax with a coat of arms of Cardinal Marcantonio Colonna (†1793), Archpriest of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Vicar General of the Roman Curia, indicating direct Papal gift from the Vatican.

Saint Andrew the Apostle († mid to late 1st century AD), called in the Orthodox tradition Protokletos or the First-called, was one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus and the elder brother of Saint Peter. He is a holy patron of Scotland, Barbados, Ukraine, Russia, Sicily, Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Patras, San Andrés (Tenerife), Diocese of Parañaque, City of Manila, Amalfi, Luqa (Malta) and Prussia; Diocese of Victoria; fishermen, fishmongers and rope-makers, textile workers, singers, miners, pregnant women, butchers, farm workers, protection against sore throats, protection against convulsions, protection against fever, and protection against whooping cough.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 16-RSMR-3
  • Size: 32 x 25 mm
  • Age: ca. 18th century
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: silver
  • Price: $1,750
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

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