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1870 Mexican Tin Ex Voto - Man Praying to Cristo

Latin America, Mexico, 1870 CE. Hand painted on a heavy gauge tin, a touching ex-voto depicting a man kneeling in prayer before a Cristo set in a pedestaled nicho. The text passage on the upper left describes an unfortunate event that happened to one Nicolas Nabarro in August of 1870 - when he was severely hurt/wounded in his side. Finding himself in this situation, he appealed to the miraculous Image of Christ in Agony who provided a cure. Given this turn of events, this retablo is given as a testimony of the miracle - to give infinite thanks. Size: 14" W x 10" H (35.6 cm x 25.4 cm)

Ex-votos are narrative paintings indicative of healing or blessing popular in Mexican visual culture. This tradition was inspired by the Greeks and was brought to the New World by the Spaniards. These votive paintings were hung in a church or placed adjacent to an image in order to celebrate and give thanks for the recovery of the donor from an illness or dangerous situation. In essence, ex-votos represent the spiritual or physical gains received by the donor. These paintings include hand painted passages that relate the details of the cure or the rescue. Typically, however, this commentary is replete with regional dialect and almost impossible to translate. Nevertheless, if you are familiar with the Spanish language, you will probably get the gist of these anecdotal paintings.

Condition: Perforations at top center and lower right corner. Normal bending, loss to corners, and surface wear with scuffs and abrasions, but imagery is still vivid and inscription is legible save a few words. Most importantly, the date - August of 1870 - is very clear.

Provenance: ex-private Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA collection

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