“So, this is the lost reliquary?”
Paul stepped back so that Evie could better see the small box on the table between him and Alva.
“Stolen, not lost and technically a philatory,” he explained.
“What’s the difference?” she asked, moving closer to examine the gilt wood and glass object.
“A reliquary,” Alva began, cutting off Paul in his best professorial voice, “is simply a container for a relic. The term is not reserved for Catholicism.
Buddhists have reliquaries known as stupa; in Japan the term most often used is tō. They range from tiny paper packets to buildings such as pagodas or shariden – a Japanese relic hall.
A philatory, is more specifically a reliquary designed to enable viewing of the artifact. As such, it normally has glass or some other clear viewing area built in, as does this one.”
“So it’s worth a ton of money?” Evie looked at it with renewed interest.
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