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1883 Documented crystal theca with relics of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

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1883 Documented crystal theca with relics of the True Cross of Jesus Christ

Fancy 18th-century double-crystal silver-set reliquary housing large particle relics of wood from the True Cross of Jesus ChristThe relics are displayed in cruciform shape under faceted rock crystal glass framed by an elaborate ornamental frame. The theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of Monsignor Adolphe-Louis-Albert Cardinal Perraud C.O. (†1906), Archbishop of Autun–Chalon-sur-Saône–Mâcon–Cluny, France (1874–1884), and Superior General of Société de l’Oratoire de Jésus (1884–1901). It comes with a re-certification document issued by Monsignor Perraud in 1884 with an additional hand-written and sealed certification on the right margin dated 1889.

The True Cross is the name for physical remnants that, 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 among the knights, who, after their return to the homeland, donated them to churches and monasteries.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 230-RSCR-11
  • Size: 75 x 50 mm ( 2 3/4 x 2 inches)
  • Age: Reliquary - ca. 18th century, recertification and document 1889
  • Origin: Autun, France
  • Materials: crystal, silk, paper, beads, Spanish wax
  • Price: Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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