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Fancy theca with important relics of Saint James of the Marches (Jacob de Marchia)

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Fancy theca with important relics of Saint James of the Marches (Jacob de Marchia)

Fancy Rocaille glass-fronted reliquary theca of gilt bronze housing substantial and extremely rare first- and second-class relics of Saint James of the Marches consisting of a complete tooth, and relics from the bone and from the tunic. The relics are identified in Italian on a hand-written paper cedulae labels as Dente, Ossa e Veste / [S] Giacomo della Marca (of the tooth, bone and tunic of Saint James of the Marches). On the back, under protective cap, the theca is protected by a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax with a clear imprint of a coat of arms of an unidentified Catholic Bishop, presumably the Bishop of Naples. 

Saint James of the Marches, O.F.M., (†1476) was an Italian Friar Minor, preacher and writer, remarkable for the miracles he performed and the numerous conversions he wrought. James preached penance, combated heretics, and was also appointed inquisitor against the Fraticelli, a heretic sect that dissented from the Franciscans. He was buried in Naples in the Franciscan church of Santa Maria la Nova, where his body remained until 2001. At the instigation of the provincial minister (Franciscan superior) of the Marches region, his body was relocated to Monteprandone, where it remains incorrupt and visible to the public today. He was beatified by Pope Urban VIII in 1624, and canonized by Pope Benedict XIII in 1726. Naples venerates him as one of its patron saints and his liturgical feast day is observed by the Franciscan Order on 28 November.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 30-RSCRM-35
  • Size: 125 x 70 mm (5 x 3 in)
  • Age: ca. 18th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: gilt bronze, glass
  • Price: $5,500
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