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Fancy theca with relics of St Margaret of Antioch (St Marina the Great Martyr)

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Fancy theca with relics of St Margaret of Antioch (St Marina the Great Martyr)

18th-century oval silver glass-fronted reliquary theca decorated on the outside by intricate filigree ornamentation and housing the first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of Margaret of Antioch (known in the East as St Marina the Great Martyr). The relics are affixed to a red silk background decorated with gilt paperolle and silver wire and identified on manuscript cedula label as S. Marg. V.M. ( Saint Margaret, Virgin Martyr). On the back, the theca is secured with a partially preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of unidentified Roman Catholic Bishop. Comes in an original tooled leather protective case.

Saint Margaret of Antioch is known as Saint Marina the Great Martyr in the East who is considered to be one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and is one of the saints who spoke to Joan of Arc. She was declared apocryphal by Pope Gelasius I in 494, but devotion to her revived in the West with the Crusades. She was reputed to have promised very powerful indulgences to those who wrote or read her life, or invoked her intercessions; these no doubt helped the spread of her cultus. Her feast is celebrated by the Orthodox Church on July 17 and on July 20 in the Western Rite Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches. She is the Holy Patron of childbirth, pregnant women, dying people, kidney disease, peasants, exiles, falsely accused people; Lowestoft, England; Queens' College, Cambridge; nurses; Sannat and Bormla, Malta.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 01-RSSR-5
  • Size: 82 x 62 mm
  • Age: ca. 18th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: silver, in leather-bound case
  • Price: $3,750
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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