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Reliquary theca with Passion relic from the Column of Flagellation of Jesus Christ

Brass glass-fronted oval reliquary theca housing major relic of the Passion - particle from the Column of Flagellation of Jesus Christ. The relic is identified with paper cedula inscribed in 19th century ductus as Ex Columna Flahellat DNJC (from the Column of Flagellation of Our Lord Jesus Christ). The reliquary is secured by perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax with coat of arms of Luigi Fransoni († 1862) Archbishop of Turin (1832-1862).

The Column of Flagellation is a large segment of the Pillar upon which Jesus was flogged and tortured before his crucifixion is housed at the Basilica of Saint Praxedes in Rome. According to the Tradition, the relic has been retrieved in the early 4th century by Saint Helena (mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine I) who at the age of eighty undertook a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where she founded churches for Christian worship and collected relics associated with the crucifixion of Jesus on Calvary. The relic was taken from the Holy Land and brought to Rome in 1222 by Cardinal Giovanni Colonna the Younger—a member of the powerful Colonna family during the 13th century. Given to him by the King of Jerusalem after the Fourth Crusade, Colonna brought the column back to Santa Prassede, his cardinalate church since 1212 (the church that is given to a cardinal).

Additional Info

  • ID#: 15-DDCR-2 *
  • Age: ca.1850's, Italy
  • Materials: Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price: $800
  • Orthodox Cross