Oxidized Copper Heart, Peru 5x8cm
Milagros or Miracles are found in many areas of Latin America and southern Europe and are used to petition the saints for help or protection. Milagros serve to remind the saint of the devotee's prayers or to thank the saint for prayers that have been answered. In churches, one may glimpse wooden statues of the saints, the Virgin Mary, or Christ adorned with tiny arms, legs, animals, praying figures, hearts, and other "prayers." Horse or sheep figures are left to ask for help in healing sick animals or for ensuring fertility. Students leave tiny "books" as a request for "academic" divine intervention. Hearts are often left to thank the saint for answering the prayers of the lovelorn. Milagro translates to miracle from Spanish.
(2.54cm = 1 inch)
Crafted in Peru following Fair Trade practices