Double-sided crystal reliquary pendant with silver mounting ornated with gouache miniatures depicting St. Ferdinand and St. Xavier surrounded by eight relics.
Louis XIV Period (minor accidents on one side)
4.2 x 3 x 1 cm (1-2/3 x 1-1/10 x 1/3 in.)
Overall weight: 21.5 gr. (3/4 oz.)
Ferdinand III was important in Spanish Medieval history. Politically he was able to unite the kingdoms of Castile and Léon in 1230. Concerning the military, Ferdinand pushed the Reconquista south of the Iberian Peninsula.
His actions against the Moors deemed him canonized in 1671. He died on May 30, 1252 in Seville. His Christian saint day is May 30.
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