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Reliquary theca with relics of St. James the Greater, the Apostle

Oval glass-fronted brass reliquary theca housing a smaller 18th century with relic of Apostle Saint James, the Greater. The relic is centered on a red silk background identified on a  cedula label as S. Jacobi M. Ap. (Saint James, the Greater, Apostle). On the back, the inner theca is secured by a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax with a clear imprint of an unidentified Roman Catholic Bishop. Please note, the inner theca has a glass cracked in two places, but the contents are not disturbed. 

Saint James, the Apostle († 44 AD) was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus, and traditionally considered the first apostle to be martyred. He is also called James the Greater or James the Great to distinguish him from James, son of Alphaeus and James the Just. James the Greater is the patron saint of Spain, and as such is often identified as Santiago. The traditional pilgrimage to his grave, known as the "Way of St. James", has been the most popular pilgrimage for Western European Catholics from the Early Middle Ages onwards, although its modern revival and popularity stems from Walter Starkie's 1957 book, The Road to Santiago. The feast day of St. James is celebrated on 25 July on the liturgical calendars of the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and certain Protestant churches and on 30 April in the Orthodox Christian liturgical calendar.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 20-RSMISC-25
  • Size: 27 x 22 mm
  • Age: ca. 18th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Price: $575