AUSTRIAN BAROCQUE RELIQUARY, TRUE CROSS RELIC, DOC!
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A spiritual treasure, worthy of the treasury of a Cathedral:BAROCQUE ALTAR RELIQUARY WITH A RELIC OF THE TRUE CROSS, Document Austria 1760 A wonderful piece from the golden age of the Habsburg Empire: An Austrian Barocque reliquary, a masterpiece of the silversmiths of this era with many fine details, silver, for the greatest part fire-gilt, the cross on top decorated with a emerald-red stone. It consists of three levels: The fire-gilt back with the sunrays and the radiant cross on top, a silver level with fine silverwork, surrounded by five colourful rhinestones, with fine ornaments: The eye of God in a triangle on top, crowned by a baldachin, surrounded by grapes and wheat as eucharistic symbols. On front, surrounding the relic window, is a fire-gilt frame with palme leaves and a laureate crown. The reliquary was donated to a convent in Tuscany when an Austrian countess became its Abbess in ca. 1830. Height: ca. 14 inches. In the center, in an oval-shaped silver theca, sealed with the red wax seal of a Bishop with the threads intact, surrounded by filigree paperoles and silber thread decorations, is the most precious relic: Two splinters of the True Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ The relic comes with a document, re-issued during ... read more