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Documented theca with relics of St Blaise (Blase) Martyr of Sebastia, Patron of Animals

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Documented theca with relics of St Blaise (Blase) Martyr of Sebastia, Patron of Animals

Oval silvered metal glass-fronted reliquary theca housing precious first-class ex ossibus relics of Saint Blaise, Bishop and Martyr of Sebastia. Precious relic is affixed to a red silk background decorated with gilt paperolle and silver wire ornamentation. The relic is identified on a manuscript paper cedula label as S. Blasii Ep. et M. (St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr). On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Francesco Magani (†1907), Bishop of Parma. The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and signed by Fr. Magani in 1901.

Saint Blaise, also known as Saint Blase, was a physician, and bishop of Sebastea in historical Armenia. According to the Acta Sanctorum, he was martyred by being beaten, attacked with iron combs, and beheaded. He is the patron saint of wool combers. In the Latin Church, his feast falls on 3 February, in the Eastern Churches on 11 February. Patron of Animals, builders, choking, veterinarians, throats, infants, Maratea, Italy, Sicily, Dalmatia, Dubrovnik, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, Rubiera, stonecutters, carvers, and wool workers.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 44-RSMB-6
  • Size: 28 x 24 mm
  • Age: ca. 1901
  • Origin: Parma, Italy
  • Materials: silvered metal, glass, silk, paper
  • Price: $2,250
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