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Reliquary Cabinet with Relics of 4 Martyrs: St. Justa, St. Vincentia, 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. Vincentia, 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). 

Saints Justa and Rufina are venerated as martyrs. They are said to have been martyred at Hispalis during the 3rd century. Only St. Justa is mentioned in the Martyrologium Hieronymianum, but in the historical martyrologies. Rufina is also mentioned, following the legendary Acts.

Saint Vincentia is venerated as martyr. 

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
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