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Theca with first-class relics of St Andrew of Avellino

Oval glass-fronted reliquary theca housing first class ex ossibus (from the bone) relics of St Andrew of Avellino. The relics are affixed to a silk background, surrounded by gilt paperoles  and identified on a paper cedula label as Ex Oss. S. Andrew Avel. (from the bone of St. Andrew of Avellino). On the back, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of a Roman Catholic Bishop.

Saint Andrew Avellino (†1608) was an Italian saint. Born at Castronuovo, a small town in the province of Potenza Basilicata, his baptismal name was Lancelotto, which out of love for the cross he changed into Andrew when he entered the Order of Theatines. He is a patron of Naples, Sicily and invoked against sudden death.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 96-RSABR-25
  • Size: 32 x 24 mm
  • Age: ca. 19th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Price: $700

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