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Reliquary with a Significant Skull Relic of Saint Fructuosus of Tarragona, Martyr

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Reliquary with a Significant Skull Relic of Saint Fructuosus of Tarragona, Martyr

Large reliquary housing a historically important ex cranio (of the skull) first-class relic of Martyr Saint Fructuosus of Tarragona. A substantial relic is affixed to a cloth-covered stand with two ribbons of gilt silver brocade held in place by five seals of red Spanish wax. The precious relic is identified in French on a typed paper cedula label as Saint Fructueux de Tarragone (Saint Fructuosus of Tarragona). In addition, there is a black paint identification on the relic itself as "St Fructuosus / Anno Domini 1745." The authentic document affixed to the bottom of the stand, states the following:

I understanding, Jean Louis Reulet, pastor of Vignolle and born in Limoux, give this holy relic of(?) Fructuosus from Tarragona, the Martyr to the church St Martin in Limoux. This Holy relic was given to me by the abbot Perna..(?) Rodrigo from ...(?). I certify this relic to be genuine and come from the Spanish monastery and I give this in the church for veneration. Signed in Limoux the 7th of March 1821”

The Holy Martyr Saint Fructuosus of Tarragona († 259) (also known as Saint Fructose) was the bishop of a large and oldest Christian community in Tarragona, a port city in Catalonia (Spain). The emperor of the Roman Empire Valerian (ruled 253-260 AD) in 258, began persecutions against Christians. Fructuosus and his deacons Augustus and Eulogius were arrested on January 16, 259 by order of the proconsul Emilian, who personally interrogated them. The investigation lasted less than a week and all sources note that the arrested people not only held with great courage but also used the slightest opportunity to appeal to members of their community. Finally, on January 21, in the arena of Tarragona, the holy martyrs were executed by being burned at the stake. After the execution, the remains of the martyrs were collected by Christians. Fearing persecution, some members of the community took the relics of the martyrs to Liguria (the seacoast in northern Italy), where in due course they founded the abbey of San Fruttozo (the modern city of Capodimonte), where the relics of Saint Fructuosus were stored. Fearing the pirates' attacks, part of the holy relics of the saint were moved further inland - to the city of Siena (Tuscany). The saint's day is celebrated on the day of martyrdom - on January 21.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 23-RSMIS-265
  • Age: ca. 1821
  • Origin: Limoux, France
  • Materials: Wood, gilt silver, wax
  • Price: SOLD!
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