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1872 Documented theca with a rare first class relic of St. John the Baptist (the Forerunner)

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1872 Documented theca with a rare first class relic of St. John the Baptist (the Forerunner)

Oval silvered brass glass-fronted reliquary theca housing precious first-class ex costula (from the rib) relics of Saint John the Baptist. A substantial relic is affixed to a gilt paper burst on red silk background decorated with gilt silver wire ornamentation. The precious relic is identified on a fancy manuscript paper cedula label as De Costula S. Joan Bapt.  (from the rib of St. John the Baptist). 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 Monsignor Salvadore Magnasco († 1892), the Archbishop of Genoa (1871-1892). The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and signed by Monsignor Magnasco in 1872.

Saint John the Baptist known as the prophet Yahya in the Qur'an was a Jewish itinerant preacher in the early first century AD. John is revered as a major religious figure in Christianity, Islam, the Bahá'í Faith, and Mandaeism. He is called a prophet by all of these traditions and honored as a saint in many Christian traditions. He is a Patron saint of Jordan, Puerto Rico, Knights Hospitaller of Jerusalem, French Canada, Newfoundland, Cesena, Florence, Genoa, Monza, Perth (Scotland), Porto, San Juan, Turin, Xewkija, and many other places.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 216-RSCR-1
  • Size: 41 x 37 mm
  • Age: ca. 1872
  • Origin: Genoa, Italy
  • Materials: silvered brass, glass, silk, silver
  • Price: SOLD!
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