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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Giles, Patron of Hermits, Depression

Oval glass-fronted metal theca housing a substantial ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Giles. The relic is surrounded by silver wire ornamentation and identified on a manuscript cedula label as S. Egidio. (St. Giles). On the back,  the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of a Roman Catholic Bishop.

Saint Giles (Latin: Egidious) (†c. 710), also known as Giles the Hermit, was a Christian, hermit saint from Athens, whose life is centered in Provence and Septimania. Giles founded the abbey in Saint-Gilles-du-Gard whose tomb became a place of pilgrimage. Saint Giles is the patron saint of cripples and is also invoked as a saint for childhood fears, convulsions, depression. In medieval art, he is depicted with his symbol, the hind. St. Giles is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, and the only non-martyr initially invoked as protection against the Black Death. His feast day is 1 September. 

Additional Info

  • ID#: 23-RSCR40-11
  • Size: 34 x 28 mm
  • Age: ca. 18th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: Metal, glass
  • Price: SOLD!

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