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Theca with relics of Saint Unmercenary Healers Cosmas & Damian

Oval silver glass-fronted reliquary theca housing substantial ex ossibus relics of Saint Unmercenary Healers Cosmas and Damian. The relics are surrounded by twisted wire ornamentation and identified with paper cedula inscribed in 18th century ductus as S. Cosma[e] / S. Damiano M. The reliquary is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with coat of arms of a Roman Catholic bishop.

Saints Cosmas and Damian (Greek: Κοσμάς και Δαμιανός) (also written Kosmas and Damianos) (died ca. 287) were twin brothers, physicians, and early Christian martyrs born in Cilicia, part of today's Turkey. They practiced their profession in the seaport of Ayas, Adana, then in the Roman province of Syria. Accepting no payment for their services led to them being named "Ανάργυροι" (Unmercenary); it has been said that, by this, they attracted many to the Christian faith. During the persecution under Diocletian, Cosmas and Damian were arrested by order of the Prefect of Cilicia, who ordered them under torture to recant. However, according to legend they stayed true to their faith, enduring being hung on a cross, stoned and shot by arrows and finally suffered execution by beheading.

Traditionally, Saints Cosmas and Damian are the holy patrons of doctors and persons of Medical profession.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 117-DDMR-1
  • Age: ca. 18th century
  • Price: $1,750
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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