Reliquary

A reliquary (also referred to as a shrine or by the French term châsse) is a container for relics. These may be the physical remains of saints, such as bones, pieces of clothing, or some object associated with saints or other religious figures. The authenticity of any given relic is often a matter of debate; for that reason, some churches require documentation of the relic's provenance.

Church Reliquary

The use of reliquaries became an important part of Christian practices from at least the 4th century, initially in the Eastern Churches, which adopted the practice of moving and dividing the bodies of saints much earlier than the West, probably in part because the new capital of Constantinople, unlike Rome, lacked buried saints. Relics are venerated in the Oriental Orthodox, Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and some Anglican Churches. Reliquaries provide a means of protecting and displaying relics. While frequently taking the form of caskets, they range in size from simple pendants or rings to very elaborate ossuaries.

 

Since the relics themselves were considered "more valuable than precious stones and more to be esteemed than gold,"  it was only appropriate that they be enshrined in containers crafted of or covered with gold, silver, gems, and enamel. Ivory was widely used in the Middle Ages for reliquaries; its pure white colour an indication of the holy status of its contents. These objects constituted a major form of artistic production across Europe and Byzantium throughout the Middle Ages.

C88491 Reliquary

A gilded finish Reliquary with inset, ormate stones. 

 

In size h 10 3/4" x w 5". 

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LE586 Reliquary

A beautiful, modern style Reliquary nickel-plated option, brass, height 27 cm

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LE587 Reliquary

A beautiful, modern style Reliquary - gilded option, brass, decorated with semi – precious stones in a  height of 30 cm

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LE588 Reliquary

A beautiful, modern style Reliquary - gilded option, brass, decorated with semi – precious stones in a  height of 32 cm

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LE589 Reliquary

A traditional, Baroque style gilded brass finish Reliquary with a  height of 55cm.  Very ornate in appearance.

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LE590 Reliquary

A magnigicent, Gothic style gilded brass finish Reliquary with a  height of 39cm.  Very ornate and traditional in appearance.

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LE592 Reliquary

A modern styled, gilded, brass finish Reliquary with a  height of 31cm with inset semi-precious stones.

 

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LE595 Reliquary

A beautiful depiction of Pope John paul II.  Silver finish Reliquary with a  height of 37cm

 

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LE596 Reliquary

Large, Papal Reliquary in brass and gilded finish.  A beautiful Gothic syled piece.  Height 39cm.

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