Ex-Voto (1)

Newborn baby in its nappies 



We bought this little ex-voto on the flea market of Porta Potense in Rome in 1999 - a finely worked silver foil showing a baby closely wrapped in its napkins. Such ex-voto's, or in metal or in wax, were put on the altars in times of high mortality in order to solicit the grace of heaven for the kids. Most of the time this kind of ex-voto was meant to underline a prayer in a case of sterility or a difficult childbirth.


Some of these peaces were marked "GR" that means "gratia receuta" received heavenly blessing. 


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