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Reliquary Cabinet with Relics of 4 Martyrs: St. Justin, St. Vincent of Saragossa, St. Reparata, & Unnamed Martyr

Ca. 1800’s small reliquary cabinet in Baroque style surmounted with gilded palm leaves and housing, behind the front glass panel, substantial first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of four Christian Martyrs: St. Justin, St. Vincent of Saragossa, St. Reparata, & an Unnamed Martyr. The relics are affixed to a red silk background decorated with gilt silver wire ornamentation and silk flowers. They are identified in fancy manuscript cedulae labels and, again, on smaller labels affixed directly to the relics. On the back, the reliquary is secured by a red silk ribbon secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Antonio Martini (†1809), Archbishop of Florence (1781-1809). 

Saint Justin Martyr was an early Christian apologist, who is regarded as the foremost interpreter of the theory of the Logos in the 2nd century. He was martyred, alongside some of his students, and is considered a saint by the Roman Catholic, the Anglican, the Eastern Orthodox, and the Oriental Orthodox Churches.

Saint Vincent of Saragossa, also known as Vincent the Deacon Martyr was a deacon of the Church of Saragossa and is considered the Protomartyr of Spain. He was born at Huesca and martyred under Emperor Diocletian around the year 304. His feast day is 22 January in the Roman Catholic Church and Anglican Communion and 11 November in the Eastern Orthodox Churches. He is the patron saint of São Vicente, Lisbon; Diocese of Algarve; Valencia; Vicenza, Italy, vinegar-makers, wine-makers; and Order of Deacons of the Catholic Diocese of Bergamo (Italy).

Saint Reparata was a young virgin and martyr of the 3rd century AD, of Caesarea, Roman Province of Palestine. She was arrested for her faith and tortured during the persecution of Roman Emperor Decius. Her cult became widespread in Europe during the Middle Ages, as evidenced by the multiple Passiones in various parts of the continent, especially in Italy, where her cult was especially popular, specifically in Florence, Atri, Naples, and Chieti. She remained the primary patroness of Florence until the High Middle Ages and the former Cathedral of Santa Reparata in Florence was dedicated in honor of her. Florence celebrates her feast annually on 8 October, in commemoration of its deliverance from the Ostrogoths led by Radagaisus in AD 406, which it attributes to her intercession.


Additional Info

  • ID#: 51-RSMB-9
  • Size: 8 in x 7 in (20 x 17 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1800
  • Origin: Florence, Italy
  • Materials: Painted and gilt wood, glass, paper.
  • Price: Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

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