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Reliquary Chest (Reliquary Coffer)

Reliquary Chest (Reliquary Coffer)
Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa
Late 17th Century
Silver, Wood
Dimensions: 15.5 x 22.5 x 12.5 cms
Conservation Cost : Rs. 6,300

Reliquary chest made of wood and completely covered in chased silver. Curving plant motifs adorn the front and coffered top in low relief. On the chest’s sides are depicted the miracles performed by St. Francis Xavier: one about the raising of a dead man, possibly an Eastern potentate and another alluding to the help given to the vicar of Malacca- the saint drove away the demons persecuting him at the hour of death. On the back of the coffer two narrow tablets flank a central medallion containing the trigram of Christ (IHS), a cross and nails: the right one reads “SOBREPELIS” (surplice) and the left one “D.S.FRANCISCO XA”
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