MATERIAL: Silver
TYPE: Artifact
DIMENSIONS: 29 cm. long, 11.5 inches
Inscription Translation: Amen. This is in memory from Margarit Yakobian to the Holy Church of St. Paul and Saint Peter in Tomarza
ITEM ID: 3507
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Armenian Silver Holy Right Arm of God

DATE
Year: 1837
Decade: 1830s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)

A very rare Armenian Holy Right Arm in silver representing the right hand of God. The thumb and index finger fold inwards in the form of blessing. The outer surface of the wrist is chased with lines representing veins, and the arm has floral and ornamental zig-zag patterns engraved on the outer and inner sides. The relic for the Holy Right arm of God was set in a circle studded with rubies and covered with foil.

The inscription says, “Amen. This is in memory from Margarit Yakobian to the Holy Church of St. Paul and Saint Peter in Tomarza.”

The Church of St. Paul and St. Peter in Tomarza in central Turkey was built in 1570, and then reconstructed in 1837 into a massive structure that could hold 2,500 people. It was destroyed in 1915. Perhaps this Holy arm was made for the occasion of the reconstruction in 1837.