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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Venantius of Camerino, Martyr

Oval glass-fronted brass theca housing ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Venantius of Camerino. The relic is affixed to a gold silk background surrounded by gilt paperolle and silver wire ornamentation and identified on a manuscript cedula label as S. Venantii M. (St. Venantuus, Martyr). On the back,  the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Silvestro Merani († 1764), Titular Archbishop of Porphyrion (1742 -1764) and Sacristan of the Roman Curia.

Saint Venantius of Camerino († ca. 251) is the patron saint of Camerino, Italy. Christian tradition holds that he was a 15-year-old who was tortured and martyred by decapitation at Camerino during the persecutions of Decius. In the 17th century, Pope Clement X, who was a former bishop of Camerino, further contributed to the spread of his cult: he raised the saint's feast to the level of a double rite and composed hymns for Venantius' office. In the General Roman Calendar, he has a third-class feast on 18 May.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 25-RSCR40-11
  • Size: 29 x 24 mm
  • Age: ca. Mid-18th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: brass, glass
  • Price: $575

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