Spanish Colonial Silver Madonna Ex Voto, Plaque

This is a late 19th c. plaque of the Virgen Dolorosa that came from a chapel in Southern Bolivia. The churches in Bolivia and Peru on occasion sell the older ex votos and milagros to support the parish, this being one of them. The Madonna, classically depicted pointed to her Sacred Heart, or Corazon Sagrado, and with beautiful draping of her robes, has been carefully formed from heavy silver using the repoussé method. The ex voto, most probably from a family of wealth due to it's size, was left in the Chapel of the Madonna as either a testament of faith or as a gift to the Madonna for a wish fulfilled. A wonderful reminder of the exquisite silver work of colonial America - a treasure!

Measurements: 5.5" high x 3.75" wide, 42 grams


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