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Reliquary of the Holy Lance


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According to Armenian tradition, the lance used by the Roman centurion Longinus to pierce Christ’s side at the Crucifixion was brought to Armenia by Saint Thaddeus the apostle. In 1268, Prince Khaghbakean of the Proshian family commissioned a silver repository for the Holy Lance, which he then donated to the monastery of Ayrivank‘, which became known as Geghardavank‘, or the "Monastery of the Lance." This container is a later restoration of the original.

Reliquary of the Holy Lance, Silver and silver-gilt on a wooden frame, gems, Armenian

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