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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.

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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.

Church Reliquary

C88491 Reliquary

A gilded finish Reliquary with inset, ormate stones. 

 

In size h 10 3/4" x w 5". 

Available to order

Church Reliquary

RL105 Reliquary

A gold plated finish, ornate Reliquary with a height of 25cm overall.

 

Available to order

 

Church Reliquary

RL205 Reliquary

A nickel plated finish, ornate Reliquary with a height of 25cm overall.

 

Available to order

 

Church Reliquary

RL106 Reliquary

A gold plated finish, ornate Reliquary with a height of 32cm overall.

 

Available to order

 

Church Reliquary

RL206 Reliquary

A nickel plated finish, ornate Reliquary with a height of 32cm overall.

 

Available to order

 

Church Reliquary

RL127 Reliquary

A gold plated finish, ornate Baroque style Reliquary with a height of 33cm overall.

 

Available to order

 

Church Reliquary

RL128 Reliquary

A gold and nickel plated finish, John Paul II style Reliquary with a height of 37cm overall.

 

Available to order

 

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