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Documented theca with relics of St. Lucia (Lucy) Martyr of Syracuse, Patron of the Blind and Writers

18th century ovel glass-fronted silver reliquary theca housing first-class ex ossibus  (of the bone) relic of Saint Lucia of Syracuse. The relic is affixed to a red silk background decorated with gilt paperole and silver cord and identified on a manuscript cedulae as S. Luciae V. M. (Sant Lucia, Virgin & Martyr). On the back, the theca is secured with perfectly preserved seal of dark red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Placido Pezzancheri († 1757), Bishop of Tivoli (1728-1757). It is accompanied by original matching authentics document issued and hand-signed by Fr. Pezzancheri in 1757. 

St. Lucia of Syracuse (†304), also known as Saint Lucy, or Saint Lucia (Italian: Santa Lucia), was a young Christian martyr who died during the Diocletianic Persecution who is venerated as a saint by the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and Orthodox Churches. She is one of eight women, who along with the Blessed Virgin Mary, are commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. She is a patron of the blind; martyrs; Perugia, Italy; Mtarfa, Malta; epidemics; salesmen, Syracuse, Italy, throat infections, and writers.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 174-RSCR-2
  • Size: 28 x 24 mm
  • Age: ca. 1757
  • Origin: Tivoli, Italy
  • Materials: silver
  • Price: $1,800
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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