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Jacinto’s 1961 Ex-Voto

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Destination: Oaxaca, Mexico

Shrines, churches, and sanctuaries throughout Mexico are adorned with the small oil paintings known as ex-votos. Typically painted on sheets of tin or copper, ex-votos are offered as testimony and thanks to a particular saint whose divine intervention saved the petitioner from sickness, death, or disaster—the story of which accompanies the painting.

Roughly translated, it reads: Thank you Virgin of Soledad for giving my horse the strength and power to escape the Nahual pursuing me to catch me and bring me to the afterlife. Jacinto. Oaxaca. Mex. 1961.


The custom of ex-votos arrived in Mexico the same way the Catholic saints did—with the Spanish. Not too different from pre-existing indigenous practices of making offerings to the gods, ex-votos became popular firs... Read More

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Oil paint on tin
6.1 x 8.7"

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