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Mexican Tin Ex-Voto to the Virgin of San Juan, 1938

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Mexican Tin Ex-Voto to the Virgin of San Juan, 1938
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Latin America, Mexico, Los Altos de Jalisco, Lagos de Moreno, ca. April 1938 CE. A beautiful ex-voto painted on heavy gauge tin depicting a woman kneeling in prayer before the Virgin of San Juan, also known as Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos, which is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated by Mexican and Texan faithful. Surrounded by celestial clouds, the blessed mother wears a white gown, a blue mantle, and a Byzantine crown as she holds her hands together in prayer and stands above an upturned crescent moon with two angels holding a silver banner above her. The kneeling woman holds rosary beads in her right hand and raises the left. Behind her, a boy lies in a bed with a picture of the Virgin and Child above him and a bottle and a glass atop a bedside table to his right. The text below generally translates to "I thank Our Lady of St. John for having relieved my child of a serious illness. Gratefully I dedicate this souvenir. Ma. Refugio G. de Zamarroni. Lagos, Jal. April 1938." Canonically coronated in 1904, the image of Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos is found in the Basilica Minor of San Juan de los Lagos and is one of the most visited pilgrimage shrines in Mexico. A drill hole at the top allows the image to be suspended for display. Size: 10" L x 7" H (25.4 cm x 17.8 cm)

Ex-votos are little story 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 home in order to celebrate and give thanks for the recovery of an individual from an illness or dangerous situation. Hence, ex-votos represent the spiritual or physical gains received. 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 difficult to translate. Nevertheless, if one is familiar with the Spanish language, it is possible to understand these anecdotal paintings.

Provenance: private Lake City, Colorado, USA collection

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Bending to overall form and corners, with light abrasions and fading to some painted areas on obverse, and light oxidation. Otherwise, intact and very good. Nice remains of pigment across obverse, and text is still legible.
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Mexican Tin Ex-Voto to the Virgin of San Juan, 1938

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0064: Mexican Tin Ex-Voto to the Virgin of San Juan, 1938

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Latin America, Mexico, Los Altos de Jalisco, Lagos de Moreno, ca. April 1938 CE. A beautiful ex-voto painted on heavy gauge tin depicting a woman kneeling in prayer before the Virgin of San Juan, also known as Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos, which is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated by Mexican and Texan faithful. Surrounded by celestial clouds, the blessed mother wears a white gown, a blue mantle, and a Byzantine crown as she holds her hands together in prayer and stands above an upturned crescent moon with two angels holding a silver banner above her. The kneeling woman holds rosary beads in her right hand and raises the left. Behind her, a boy lies in a bed with a picture of the Virgin and Child above him and a bottle and a glass atop a bedside table to his right. The text below generally translates to "I thank Our Lady of St. John for having relieved my child of a serious illness. Gratefully I dedicate this souvenir. Ma. Refugio G. de Zamarroni. Lagos, Jal. April 1938." Canonically coronated in 1904, the image of Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos is found in the Basilica Minor of San Juan de los Lagos and is one of the most visited pilgrimage shrines in Mexico. A drill hole at the top allows the image to be suspended for display. Size: 10" L x 7" H (25.4 cm x 17.8 cm)

Ex-votos are little story 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 home in order to celebrate and give thanks for the recovery of an individual from an illness or dangerous situation. Hence, ex-votos represent the spiritual or physical gains received. 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 difficult to translate. Nevertheless, if one is familiar with the Spanish language, it is possible to understand these anecdotal paintings.

Provenance: private Lake City, Colorado, USA collection

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

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#163823
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Bending to overall form and corners, with light abrasions and fading to some painted areas on obverse, and light oxidation. Otherwise, intact and very good. Nice remains of pigment across obverse, and text is still legible.

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