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Vatican reliquary with relics of the Blessed Virgin Mary and 12 Apostles

Spectacular large silver glass-fronted oval reliquary theca decorated with chased floral ornamentation and housing rarely seen complete set of relics of all twelve Apostles centered around a precious relic of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The relics are affixed to a decorated background of red silk and identified with paper cedulas inscribed in early 19th century dictus.  The reliquary is secured under a removable back lid by a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax with a seal of red Spanish wax with a coat of arms of Monsignor Giovanni Antonio Guadagni (+1759), cardinal vicar general of Rome (1732 - 1756) who was himself beatified as Servant of God under Pope Pius XII. The case is hallmarked with a silver mark of the Vatican seal, that serves as an additional authentic and clear indication of the Vatican Curia provenance.

The reliquary contains the following relics:

  1. Blessed Virgin Mary (B.V. Mariae)
  2. Saint Paul the Apostle (S. Pauli, Ap.) 
  3. Saint Peter the Apostle (S. Petri Ap)
  4. Saint Simon the Apostle (S. Simo. Ap.)
  5. Saint Matthew the Apostle (S. Mattei Ap.)
  6. Saint Thomas the Apostle (S. Thomae Ap.)
  7. Saint James the Greater the Apostle (S. Jac. Maj. Ap.)
  8. Saint Philip the Apostle (S. Philip. Ap.)
  9. Saint Jude Thaddeus the Apostle (S. Thaddei Ap.)
  10. Saint Andrew the Apostle (S. Andreae Ap.)
  11. Saint James the Less the Apostle (S. Jac. Min. Ap.)
  12. Saint Mark the Apostle and the Evangelist (S. Marci. E. A.)
  13. Saint Luke the Apostle and the Evangelist (S. Lucae E. A.)

Additional Info

  • ID#: 03-DDCR-15 *
  • Size: 62 x 74 mm (approx. 2 1/2 x 3 in)
  • Age: ca. 18th century
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: Vatican hallmarked silver
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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