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Ex-voto - Swaddled baby

SFr. 98.00

This swaddled baby can't pretend it won't become a bumptious, conceited, self-satisfied phallocrat. Whether he'll become president of the United Sates of America or not isn't yet to exclude.

7x20cm
Pressed tin
Origin: Italy before 1935

Pauline tells you a story:
An ex-voto is a votive offering to a saint or to a divinity. It is given in fulfillment of a vow (hence the Latin term, short for ex voto suscepto, "from the vow made") or in gratitude or devotion. Ex-votos are placed in a church or chapel where the worshiper seeks grace or wishes to give thanks. The destinations of pilgrimages often include shrines decorated with ex-votos.  Ex-votos can take a wide variety of forms. They are not only intended for the helping figure, but also as a testimony to later visitors of the received help. As such they may include texts explaining a miracle attributed to the helper, or symbols such as a painted or modeled reproduction of a miraculously healed body part, or a directly related item such as a crutch given by a person formerly lame. There are places where a very old tradition of depositing ex-votos existed, such as Abydos in ancient Egypt.