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1886 Documented reliquary with relics of the Shroud of Jesus Christ (Shroud of Turin)

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1886 Documented reliquary with relics of the Shroud of Jesus Christ (Shroud of Turin)

A small, attractive glass-fronted brass reliquary monstrance is decorated by a papal miter with crossed keys and crystals housing a precious relic of the Shroud of Jesus Christ (the Shroud of Turin). A significant cloth relic is affixed to a ground of red silk surrounded by paperolle ornamentation and identified in Latin on manuscript cedula label as De Sindone D.N.J.C. (of the Shroud of Our Lord Jesus Christ).  On the back, behind the protective cap, the reliquary is certified by a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of the coat of arms of Monsignor Félix-Pierre Fruchaud (†), Archbishop of Limoges, France (1859 - 1871). The reliquary is accompanied by the original authentics document issued by Archbishop Fruchaud in 1866. Relics of the Holy Shroud of Christ were almost always direct papal gifts and rarely are accompanied by the original authentics documents. 

The Holy Shroud is considered one of the most important relics of Christianity. Its existence has been documented since the 6th century, when it was venerated in Edessa, Syria. In 944, it was brought to Constantinople, where it was depicted in the “Codex Pray” and described in the homilies of the Patriarchs and the reports of visitors. In 1204, during the 4th Crusade, it was stolen from its reliquary in the Imperial Palace Chapel by the French knight Othon de la Roche and brought to France via Athens. He sent it to his castle near Besancon, where it was shown in the local Cathedral on Good Friday. Since 1357, it was first venerated in Lirey, Champagne, then in Chambery, and finally brought to Turin, Italy by the Savoy Dynasty in 1598.


Additional Info

  • ID#: 04-RSGAR-165
  • Size: the reliquary is 7 inches (17.5 cm) tall
  • Age: ca. 1866
  • Origin: Limoges, France
  • Materials: brass, glass, crystals, silk, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price: SOLD!
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