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Reliquary Bust with Relics of St. Gelasius of Fossombrone, Soldier & Martyr

ca. 1600 life-size bust-form reliquary made of painted wood housing very large historically important first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Gelasius of Fossombrone. The relic is affixed inside of an oval glass-fronted opening and identified on paper cedula label in as S.Gelasi a. 4 Febrarii (Saint Gelasius venerated February 4). The saint's name is also inscribed on the base of the bust. The reliquary most likely came from the church in Fossombrone, Italy built around 1609 by Francesco Maria II della Rovere, the last Duke of Urbino.

St. Gelasius of Fossombrone was a pre-schism Christian saint and martyr who is venerated together with martyrs Aquilinus, Geminus, Magnus and Donatus as martyrs of 'Forum Sempronii' (Fossombrone).

Additional Info

  • ID#: 204-RSCR-3
  • Size: 20 in (52 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1600
  • Origin: Fossombrone, Italy
  • Materials: wood, glass
  • Price: Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross
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