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1910s French silver reliquary theca with a relic of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

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1910s French silver reliquary theca with a relic of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

Round glass-fronted silver reliquary theca housing substantial relics from the Wood of the True Cross of Jesus Christ. The relics consist of small splinters arranged in a cruciform shape, affixed on the background of red silk surrounded by gilt silver wire ornamentation. The precious relics are identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as S.te Crucis D.N.J.C. (the Most Holy Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ). On the back, under a protective cap, the reliquary is secured by a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Msgr. August Dubourg (†1921), the Archbishop of Rennes, France (1906-1921). The reliquary is stamped with French hallmarks for silversmith Léon Leblanc active around the 1910s. 

The True Cross is the name for physical remnants which, by the Church tradition, are believed to be from the cross upon which Jesus was crucified. Empress Helena, the mother of Constantine, the first Christian Emperor of Rome, traveled to the Holy Land in 326–28, where she discovered the hiding place of three crosses that were believed to be used at the crucifixion of Jesus and of two thieves, St. Dismas and Gestas, executed with him, and a miracle revealed which of the three was the True Cross. Fragments of the Cross were broken up, and the pieces were widely distributed; in 348, in one of his Catecheses, Cyril of Jerusalem remarked that the "whole earth is full of the relics of the Cross of Christ." Most of the very small relics of the True Cross in Europe came from Constantinople after the city was captured and sacked in 1204 during the Fourth Crusade. They were carved up by the present bishops and divided with other very precious relics.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 38-RSSR-1
  • Size: 44 x 42 mm ( 1 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches)
  • Age: ca. 1916-1921
  • Origin: Rennes, France
  • Materials: Silver, glass, silk, wax
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

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