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Reliquary theca with a relics of 2 Martyrs: St. Felicity of Rome & St. Pope Martin I

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Reliquary theca with a relics of 2 Martyrs: St. Felicity of Rome & St. Pope Martin I

Oval glass-sided brass pendant reliquary theca housing a precious first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of Saint Felicity of Rome and Saint Pope Martin I.  On one side, the relic of Saint Felicity is affixed to a ground of blue-colored silk and on the other side, the relic of Saint Pope Martin I is affixed to a ground of red-colored silk, both surrounded by gilt paperole and silver wire paper ornamentation, and identified in Latin respectively on a manuscript cedulae labels as S. Felicitae M. (Saint Felicity, Martyr) and S. Martini M. (Saint Martin, Martyr)

Saint Felicity of Rome († c. 165), is a saint numbered among the Christian martyrs. Apart from her name, the only thing known for certain about this martyr is that she was buried in the Cemetery of Maximus, on the Via Salaria on a 23 November. However, a legend presents her as the mother of the seven martyrs whose feast is celebrated on 10 July. She is a holy patron of of parents who have lost a child; martyrs; sterility; to have male children; and widows.

Saint Pope Martin I (†655), also known as Martin the Confessor, was the bishop of Rome from 21 July 649 to his death 16 September 655. He was the only pope during the Eastern Roman domination of the papacy whose election was not approved by an imperial mandate from Constantinople. For his strong opposition to Monothelitism, Pope Martin I was arrested by Emperor Constans II, carried off to Constantinople, and ultimately banished to Cherson. He is considered a saint by both the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church and he is the last pope recognized as a martyr.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 36-RSCR124-7
  • Size: 34 x 27 mm
  • Age: ca. 18th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: silver, glass, silk, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price: $675
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