small head 4

Home>>Catholic Relics

Reliquary theca with rare relic of Three Wise Men (Three Kings or Three Magi)

Oval glass-fronted silver pendant reliquary theca housing extremely rare ex vestii (of the vestments) relic of The Three Magi.  A substantial relic is affixed to a gilt-paper starburst on the ground of salmon-colored silk, surrounded by silver wire ornamentation. It is identified in Latin on a fancy manuscript cedula label as Ex vestii SS. Regum Magorum, qui adoraverunt Infantem (From the vestments of Holy Kings of the Magi, who adored the [Christ] Child). On the back, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Francesco Maria Ginori (†1775), Bishop of Fiesole, Italy (1736–1775).

The Three Magi, also referred to as the (Three) Wise Men or (Three) Kings, were – in the Gospel of Matthew and Christian tradition – distinguished foreigners who visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They are regular figures in traditional accounts of the nativity celebrations of Christmas and are an important part of Christian tradition. The New Testament does not give the names of the Magi. However, In the Western Christian church, they have all been regarded as saints and are commonly known as Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar. The tradition asserts that the biblical Magi "were martyred for the faith and that their bodies were first venerated at Constantinople; thence they were transferred to Milan in 344. It is certain that when Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor, imposed his authority on Milan, the relics there were transferred to Cologne Cathedral, housed in the Shrine of the Three Kings, and are venerated there today. The Milanese treated the fragments of masonry from their now-empty tomb as secondary relics, and these were widely distributed around the region, including southern France, accounting for the frequency with which the Magi appear on chasse reliquaries in Limoges enamel. The visit of the Magi is commemorated in most Western Christian churches by the observance of Epiphany, 6 January, which also serves as the feast of the three as saints. The Eastern Orthodox celebrate the visit of the Magi on 25 December.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 119-RSCR124-7
  • Size: 36 x 29 mm
  • Age: ca. mid-18th century
  • Origin: Fiesole, Italy
  • Materials: silver, glass, paper, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
instagram button

logo stacked sm

Level 60 Trading Co,, LLC

1089 Commonwealth Ave #314,

Boston, MA 02215, USA

Tel: (+1) 786-206-9894

Our local time is

SAVE 5% from your first purchase when you subscribe to receive our infrequent mailings with updates on new arrivals, exclusive offers, and fascinating stories on relevant subjects. 

Interested in
Please wait