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Opulent reliquary theca with important relic of St. John the Baptist (St John the Forerunner)

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Opulent reliquary theca with important relic of St. John the Baptist (St John the Forerunner)

18th-century oval silver glass-fronted reliquary theca decorated on the outside by intricate filigree ornamentation and housing historically important the first-class ex dente (of the tooth) relic of Saint John the Baptist (known in the East as St John the Forerunner). The relic is affixed to a gold silk background decorated with gilt paperolle and floral ornamentation and identified on manuscript cedulae labels as S. Io. Baptistae /  Dens Precur. ( Saint John the Baptist / Tooth of the Precursor). On the back, the theca is secured with a well-preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Bishop Nicola Angelo Maria Landini, O.E.S.A. (†1782), Titular Bishop of Porphyreon and Vicar General of the Vatican Curia. Comes in a fancy tooled leather protective case.

Saint John the Baptist known as the prophet Yahya in the Qur'an was a Jewish itinerant preacher in the early first century AD. John is revered as a major religious figure in Christianity, Islam, the Bahá'í Faith, and Mandaeism. He is called a prophet by all of these traditions and honored as a saint in many Christian traditions. He is a Patron saint of Jordan, Puerto Rico, Knights Hospitaller of Jerusalem, French Canada, Newfoundland, Cesena, Florence, Genoa, Monza, Perth (Scotland), Porto, San Juan, Turin, Xewkija, and many other places.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 02-RSSR-12
  • Size: 132 x 95 mm
  • Age: ca. late 18th century
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: Silver, glass in leather-bound case
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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