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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint George, the Great Martyr of Lydda

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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint George, the Great Martyr of Lydda

Oval silver glass-fronted reliquary theca decorated around the perimeter with intricate filigree wire ornamentation housing precious first-class ex ossibus relics of Saint George, the Great Martyr of Lydda. The Precious relic is affixed to a pale red silk background and surrounded by gilt paperolle and silver wire ornamentation. The relic is identified on a manuscript paper cedula label as S. Georgii M. (St. George, [Soldier] Martyr). On the back, the theca is secured with a preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Florido Pierleoni C.O. (†1829) Bishop of Acquapendente (p. 1802-1829).

Saint George of Lydda (†303), the Greatmartyr, was a Roman soldier and military officer in the Guard of Emperor Diocletian of the Roman army, who ordered his death for failing to recant his Christian faith. As a Christian martyr, he later became one of the most venerated saints in Christianity. Venerated as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, Saint George is a holy patron of agricultural workers; archers; armorers; cavalry; chivalry; Constantinople; Crusaders; England; equestrians; Ethiopia; farmers; field workers; Georgia; Montenegro; Moscow; Order of the Garter; Palestine; Portuguese Army and Navy; Ptuj; riders; Romani people; saddle makers; Serbia; Scouts; sheep and shepherds; skin diseases; Slovenia; and soldiers.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 47-RSMB-8
  • Size: 55 x 44 mm
  • Age: ca. first quarter of the 19th century
  • Origin: Acquapendente, Italy
  • Materials: silver, glass, silk, paper
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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