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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Francis Borgia

18th century oval glass-fronted silver reliquary theca housing first-calss relic of Saint Francis BorgiaThe relic is affixed to a red silk background, surrounded by golden paperolle and silver cord ornamentation and identified in manuscript cedula label as S. Franc, Berg. On the back the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax.

Saint Francis Borgia, S.J., 4th Duke of Gandía (Francisco de Borja) (†1572) was a great-grandson of Pope Alexander VI, a Grandee of Spain, a Spanish Jesuit, and third Superior General of the Society of Jesus. He was canonized on 20 June 1670 by Pope Clement X. His feast is commemorated on October 10 and he is venerated against earthquakes and a patron saint of Portugal.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 23-RSMR-5
  • Size: 32 x 27 mm
  • Age: ca. 18th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: silver
  • Price: $595

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