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Vatican Reliquary theca with relics of Martyr Saint Ursula, Patron of Students

Round white-metal glass-fronted reliquary theca housing first-class ex ossibus  (of the bone) relics of Saint Ursula. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as S. Ursulae, V.M. (Saint Ursula, Virgin & Martyr).  On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Monsignor Ugo Poletti (†1997), Vicar General of Rome (1973–1991) and dated 1990. 

Saint Ursula (†383) is a Romano-British Christian saint. According to Tradition, she was a princess who set sail along with 11,000 virginal handmaidens to join her future husband, the pagan Governor Conan Meriadoc of Armorica. After a miraculous storm brought them over the sea in a single day to a Gaulish port, Ursula declared that before her marriage she would undertake a pan-European pilgrimage. She headed for Rome with her followers and persuaded the Pope, Cyriacus, and Sulpicius, bishop of Ravenna, to join them. After setting out for Cologne, which was being besieged by Huns, all the virgins were beheaded in a massacre. The Huns' leader fatally shot Ursula with an arrow in about 383 AD. She is a patron saint of Cologne, England, archers, orphans, students, Binangonan, Rizal.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 637-RSGSR
  • Size: 32 mm across
  • Age: ca. 1990
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: Metal, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price: $825
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