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Locket reliquary with relics of 10 Saints: St. Defendentis; St. Pope Adeodatus I; St. Dignatian; St. Peregrin; St. Clement; St. Tranquilla; St. Innocentia & St. Floris

Arch-shaped brass 2-panel locket reliquary with relics of 10 early Saints. The relics are affixed to a red silk background profusely decorated with gilt silver wire and identified in Latin on paper cedulae labels. They are centered around sizable ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of Saint Defendentis, Martyr and Saint Pope Adeodatus I (also known as Deusdedit) visible underneath a loose-weave gauze. Other included relics of saints are Saint Dignatian; Saint Peregrin, Martyr; Saint Clement of Rome; Saint Tranquilla; Saint Innocentia; Saint Floris, Martyr; Saint Conflanta, and Saint Incognito (an unknown saint). 

St. Defendentis (~†286) is one of the Christian martyrs of the Theban Legion, beheaded under the Roman emperor Maximian (250-310) because they did not want to leave the Christian faith. Since the 14th century, he was highly venerated in Northern Italy, invoked against the danger of wolves and fires. Until 1476 his relics, according to the 1578 Martyrologium Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae of Pietro Galesino, were kept in the church of Santa Croce in Casale Monferrato, which suggested that his martyrdom may have taken place in that region. His feast day is celebrated on January 2nd. 

Pope Adeodatus I (†618), also called Deodatus I or Deusdedit, was the bishop of Rome from 19 October 615 to his death. He was the first priest to be elected pope since John II in 533. The first use of lead seals or bullae on papal documents is attributed to him. His feast day is 8 November. He is also a saint in the Orthodox Church as one of the pre-Schism "Orthodox Popes of Rome".

Additional Info

  • ID#: 22-RSMIS-11
  • Size: 5 inches x 3 1/2 inches (12.5 cm x 8.3 cm)
  • Age: ca. 19th century
  • Origin: France
  • Materials: brass, silk, silver thread
  • Price: $975
  • Orthodox Cross

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