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Large reliquary theca with skull relic of St. Fortunata a Virgin Martyr of Caesarea

ca. 1910s large oval glass-fronted brass reliquary theca housing ex cranium (of the skull) relic of St. Fortunate of Caesarea, Martyr. The unusually large first-class relic is affixed to a gold-threaded silk background and identified twice on paper cedulae labels as S. Fortunatae M. (St. Fortunata, Martyr).The relic is certified by a seal of red wax with a clear imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Emidio Trenta, Bishop of Viterbo e Tuscania (1914-1940)

St. Fortunata of Caesarea, Martyr (+ca. 300), Virgin Martyr from Caesarea, martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian along with her three brothers, Sts. Carphonius, Evaristus, and Priscian. Her relics have been venerated in Naples, Italy, since the eighth century. Per feast day is commemorated on 14 October.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 586-RSGSR
  • Size: 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches (65 x 45 mm)
  • Age: ca. 1910's
  • Origin: Viterbo, Italy.
  • Materials: brass, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price: $3,200
  • Orthodox Cross
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