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Reliquary theca with relic of Saint John the Baptist

Oval glass-fronted brass reliquary theca, containing first class ex ossibus relic of Saint John the Baptist. The relic is affixed to red silk background and titled on a paper cedula in 19th century ductus as S.Joanis Bapt. Back of the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with a coat of arms of Italian Archbishop. 

Saint John the Baptist known as the prophet Yahya in the Qur'an was a Jewish itinerant preacher in the early first century AD. John is revered as a major religious figure in Christianity, Islam, the Bahá'í Faith, and Mandaeism. He is called a prophet by all of these traditions, and honoured as a saint in many Christian traditions. He is a Patron saint of Jordan, Puerto Rico, Knights Hospitaller of Jerusalem, French Canada, Newfoundland, Cesena, Florence, Genoa, Monza, Perth (Scotland), Porto, San Juan, Turin, Xewkija, and many other places.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 94-DDCR125-3
  • Size: 32 x 27 mm
  • Age: ca. Late 19th century
  • Price: $1,750
  • Orthodox Cross
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