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Mexican Milagros Devotional Cross (Ex Voto)

Mexican Milagros Devotional Cross (Ex Voto)

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Americas: Latin American: Handiwork: Pre 1960: Item # 1373680

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DESCRIPTION: A vintage Mexican folk art wood cross with dozens of metal milagro icons attached as an act of petition and devotion. Milagros (also known as an ex-voto or promesas) are small religious folk charms associated with the Catholic Church that devotees attach to sacred objects, pin on the clothing of santos statues, or hang with little red ribbons from altars and shrines. The word "milagro" means "miracle".

As part of a religious ritual or an act of devotion, milagros can be offered to a saint as a reminder of a petitioner's particular need, in gratitude for a prayer answered, or as a petition for healing. People also carry milagros for protection and good luck. These votive offerings are found in Mexico, the southwestern United States, and areas of Latin America, and can be purchased in churches, cathedrals or from street vendors. Milagros come in a variety of shapes and dimensions and are fabricated from different materials such as gold, silver, tin, lead, wood, bone, or wax, depending upon local customs. DIMENSIONS: 7 5/8” high x 6 1/8 wide".