Early 20th c. Italian Ex Voto Milagros c.1930
Price is per piece.
Hand carved wooden Italian ex voto milagros from the first half of the 20th century. One is slightly longer and thicker.
- CREATOR Unknown.
DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1930-1940
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Hand Carved Wood.
- CONDITION Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
- DIMENSIONS H 32-33.5 in. W 7.25 in. D .25-.5 in.
Milagros (also known as an ex-voto or dijes or promesas) are religious folk charms that are traditionally used for healing purposes and as votive offerings in Mexico, the southern United State areas of Latin America, Italy and parts of the Iberian Peninsula. They are frequently attached to altars, shrines, and sacred objects found in places of worship, and they are often purchased in churches and cathedrals, or from street vendors.
Milagros come in a variety of shapes and dimensions and are fabricated from many different materials, depending on local customs. For example, they might be nearly flat or fully three-dimensional; and they can be constructed from gold, silver, tin, lead, wood, bone, or wax. In Spanish the word milagro literally means miracle or surprise.