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Documented reliquary theca with relics of Saint Bernardino of Siena, Apostle of Italy

Oval crystal-fronted brass reliquary theca housing significant second class ex cappuccio  (from the monk's hooded robe) relic of Saint Bernardino of Siena.  The relic is affixed to a red silk background decorated by gilt paperolle and silver cord ornamentation and identified on a manuscript cedula as S. Bernardunus. On the back, the theca is secured with perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Tiberio Borghese (†1792), Archbishop of Siena (1772-1792). It is accompanied by original matching authentics document issued and hand signed by Fr. Borghese in 1790.

Bernardino of Siena, also known as Bernardine (†1444) was an Italian priest and Franciscan missionary famous during his own lifetime for preaching against sorcery, gambling, infanticide, witchcraft, sodomy, Jews, and usury. Bernardino was later canonised by the Catholic Church as a saint - where he is also referred to as “the Apostle of Italy” - for his efforts to revive the country's Catholic faith during the 15th century. He is a patron saint of advertising, communications, compulsive gambling, respiratory problems, as well as any problems involving the chest area. He is the patron saint of Carpi, Italy; the Philippine barangays of Kay-Anlog in Calamba, Laguna and Tuna in Cardona, Rizal; and the diocese of San Bernardino, California, USA. Siena College, a Franciscan Catholic liberal arts college in New York, USA, was named after him and placed under his spiritual patronage. ​His Feast day is commemorated on May 20. 

Additional Info

  • ID#: 156-RSCR-25
  • Size: 32 x 26 mm
  • Age: ca. 1790
  • Origin: Siena, Italy
  • Materials: brass
  • Price: SOLD!
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