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Italian Crucifix w/ Relic Compartment (Reliquary), Cross, Rare Collectible, Secret/Hidden Compartment

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Italian Reliquary (Crucifix w/Relic Compartment) - Vintage from Anabelle's Attic

Unusual vintage crucifix from Italy, called a reliquary, opens to reveal a small compartment meant to hold a relic. The inside of the compartment is inscribed (see photo #4). The cross is made with silver and gold metal but I did not see any markings to indicate what kind of metal. The crucifix measures 1 7/8" high, including the bail and the turn screw key/knob on the bottom which holds it closed, and 7/8" wide. The back of the cross is inscribed "Roma".

PLEASE LOOK CAREFULLY AT THE PHOTOGRAPHS, AS THEY ARE PART OF THE DESCRIPTION. The photos were taken in natural light, and while I make every effort to take accurate photographs, please keep in mind that colors vary from monitor to monitor.

Please note, there are NO RELICS in the reliquary. HOWEVER...

FYI... a knowledgeable fellow Etsian (PhD theologian) provided some information regarding the Latin words inscribed on the inside of the reliquary. I've simplified the info as best I can: pulvis terra[e] means 'dust of the earth' (soil from a sacred place like a catacomb); and, agnus dei refers to the wax dripping from an Easter candle.

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Italian Crucifix w/ Relic Compartment (Reliquary), Cross, Rare Collectible, Secret/Hidden Compartment


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