Oval Reliquary Judea Cave Milk Nativity Lazarus Carmel Nazareth XIXth

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D20 97

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Large oval reliquary said of Judea dedicated to many high holy places of Christianity and presenting pieces of stones from: Cave of the Nativity, Cave called Milk, Cave of Elijah, Nazareth, Tomb of Lazarus, Carmel, Cave of St John the Baptist, House of the Virgin, Grotto of St Simon, Grotto of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 19th century.

This reliquary is in good condition. The glass is curved. Label on the back specifying that the boat (basket) represented is made of an olive leaf from Gethsemane and the sail of a canvas soaked in Jordan water.

A note: a label is off (St Jean Baptiste), some wear of time on the interior decorations, slight wear on the frame, look at the photos.


The Milk Cave, also called "Cave of the Virgin" is located outside the city of Bethlehem, not far from the Church of the Nativity in Palestine. The rock in this cave is very crumbly, white chalk (tuff) that was reduced to powder: it was made into rolls and sent throughout the country. It was said that she had contracted this virtue, since the Blessed Virgin having one day withdrawn there, gave breast to little Jesus, and dropped a few drops of her milk on a crevice of this rock: a source would have it immediately sprung, or else the cave would have become entirely white. This white earth bore the name of "Milk of the Virgin"

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  • Cadre 26 cm x 31,5 cm vue 16,5 cm x 21,5 cm