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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Rose of Lima & Saint Rose of Viterbo

Oval glass-fronted silver theca housing relics of two female Catholic saints: Saint Rose of Lima and Saint Rose of Viterbo. The relics are affixed to a red silk background surrounded by silver wire and paperolle ornamentation and identified on bi-color manuscript cedulae labels as S. Rosae Lim. Virg. / S. Rosae Viterb. Virg. (Saint Rose of Lima, Virgin / Saint Rose of Viterbo, Virgin)  On the back,  the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Giuseppe-Francisco Caffarena, the Vicar General to Gianni Lercari (†1802), the Archbishop of Genoa (1767-1802).

Saint Rose of Lima (†1617), was a member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic in Lima, Peru, who became known for both her life of severe asceticism and her care of the needy of the city through her own private efforts. A lay member of the Dominican Order, she was declared a saint by the Catholic Church, being the first person born in the Americas to be canonized as such.​ St.Rose remains the primary patroness of Peru and of the local people of Latin America. Her feast day is commemorated on August 23rd. 

Saint Rose of Viterbo, T.O.S.F. (†1251), was a young woman born in Viterbo, then a contested commune of the Papal States. She spent her brief life as a recluse, who was outspoken in her support of the papacy. Otherwise leading an unremarkable life, she later became known for her mystical gifts of foretelling the future and having miraculous powers. She was canonized in 1457 by Pope Callistus III and her feast day is celebrated on 4 September. She is a holy patron of people in exile; people rejected by religious orders; Franciscan youth; and Viterbo, Italy​.​

Additional Info

  • ID#: 14-RSCR40-11
  • Size: 37 x 32 mm
  • Age: ca. 1800
  • Origin: Genoa, Italy
  • Materials: silver, glass
  • Price: $800
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