The use of anatomical votives was prolific in ancient Greece and Rome from 400BC to 400AD. These offerings were made to deities of health and medicine, either in the hope for a cure or in thanks for one.
In modern day, anatomical votives are charms that are pinned or hung at altars and shrines in thanksgiving for a miracle received. Modern Catholic and Orthodox European votives are often referred to as ex votos, short for ex voto susceptomeaning “from the vow made” in Latin. In colonial Latin America, they are referred to asMilagros meaning ‘miracles’ in Spanish.
Our collection of vintage votives are genuine originals of the time we do not sell reproductions.
probably 19th century
Size: H 116mm X W 160mm
Metal partly tarnished, signs of wear consistent with age