This is the first time I have ever bought a reliquary. I love buying early things, and and found this circa 1720 reliquary pendant, I had other dealers check it out, and it is that old. You can read the words. One side reads: "Episc.Nolae and the other side reads: "S. Pavlini. I did try researching, but learned little except that Nola is a place of religious significance. The piece is circa 1720, and is silver gilt, I has a hinge which is tight and could easily be lifted. The piece, including the glass, is in amazing condition. The piece measures a little over two inches North to South, and 1 inch and 1/2 East to West. This piece is 300 years old. Amazing! Note: I have now learned for whom this piece reveres. It is Saint Paulinus of Nola. He was a poet and senator of the 4th Century, and the reliquary is an ossuary (bone fragment) purported to be from him.
Early Georgian Reliquary, Silver Gilt
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