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Reliquary theca with relics of St Philip Neri, Apostle of Rome

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Reliquary theca with relics of St Philip Neri, Apostle of Rome

18th-century oval crystal-fronted silver reliquary theca housing first-class ex preacordis  (of the inner organs) relic of Saint Philip Romolo Neri. The relic is affixed to a blue silk background decorated with gilt paperolle and silver cord ornamentation and identified on a manuscript cedula label as Ex Praecor  / S Phil[ip] Ner[i] (Of the inner organs / of Saint Philip Neri). On the back, the theca is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of an unidentified Roman Catholic Bishop. 

Saint Philip Romolo Neri, (Italian: Filippo Romolo Neri; † 1595), known as the Apostle of Rome, was an Italian priest noted for founding a society of secular clergy called the Congregation of the Oratory of Filippo Neri. Patron of Rome, Mandaluyong, US Special Forces, Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, laughter, humor, and joy.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 42-RSCR40-11
  • Size: 26 x 22 mm
  • Age: ca. 18th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: silver, glass
  • Price: $675
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