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1803 Vatican documented reliquary theca with relics of St. James the Greater, Apostle & patron of Spain

Oval silvered brass glass-fronted pendant reliquary theca housing ex scutello (of the shield) relics of Saint James the Greater, Apostle. The relic is affixed to the background of green silk ground surrounded by silver wire ornamentation and identified in Latin on a bi-color manuscript cedula label as S. Jacobi Maj. (St. James the Less). On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint with a coat of arms of Cardinal Giulio Maria Cardinal della Somaglia (†1830), Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria sopra Minerva and Vicar General of the Vatican under Pope Pius VII. The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued by Monsignor della Somaglia in 1803.

Saint James, the Apostle († 44 AD) was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus, traditionally considered the first apostle to be martyred. He is also called James the Greater or James the Great to distinguish him from James, son of Alphaeus and James the Just. James the Greater is the patron saint of Spain, and as such is often identified as Santiago.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 72-RSMBR-35
  • Size: 26 x 24 mm
  • Age: ca. 1803
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: silvered brass, glass, silk, silver, Spanish wax
  • Price: $2,750
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