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Reliquary theca with relics of St. Catherine of Ricci, patron of the sick

Small oval glass-fronted silver theca housing first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Catherine de' Ricci. The relic is affixed to a red silk background surrounded by silver wire and gilt paperole ornamentation and identified in Latin on a manuscript cedula label as S. Cath. d. Ric. (Saint Catherine de' Ricci).  On the back,  the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with a faint imprint of a coat of arms of a Roman Catholic Bishop. The front glass is has a horizontal crack going from one side to another. 

Saint Catherine de' Ricci (†1590), was an Italian Dominican Tertiary sister venerated for her mystic visions and is honored as a saint by the Catholic Church. She is believed to have had miraculous visions and corporeal encounters with Jesus, both with the infant Jesus and with the adult Jesus. She is said to have spontaneously bled with the wounds of the crucified Christ. Her feast day is commemorated on February 2 and she is considered a patron saint of the sick. 

Additional Info

  • ID#: 19-18-RSINR-8
  • Size: 23 x 19 mm
  • Age: ca. 18th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: Silver, glass, silk
  • Price: $475
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

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