“Ex-voto” is a Latin word meaning “from a promise or vow.” The concept of a votive offering in gratitude to a deity by a request is held in the air for centuries. The oldest references, the objects offered in the sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi, dating from sec. V AC The tradition of ex-votos was brought to the Americas by settlers. Say Hernan Cortez, the conqueror of Mexico, commissioned a goldsmith an ex-voto of gold and emeralds in the shape of a scorpion in gratitude for having survived the bite of this insect. From the sixteenth century, ex-votos are no longer exclusive to the rich and appear increasingly popular images. In Brazil, they arise from sec. XVII, may be a frame with paintings depicting saints and miracles and his best-known form of wooden sculptures representing parts of the human body, precisely those who received the miracle of healing. Are generally made by self-taught craftsmen who work on demand near shrines and places of pilgrimage. Like other art critics, Leila Coelho Frota considers the tradition of ex-votos one of the most original and authentic forms of art, culture and Brazilian popular religiosity, noting that “despite votive sculptures are produced by the hundreds in northeastern Brazil, they retain the vigor of art performed with deep feeling. “The precise origin and the meaning of ex-votos carved in Brazil is not fully known. Scholars agree, however, that this art form combines the practices of Iberian devotion to African aesthetics. Heads, in particular, were always related to “cubist” sculptures, with the characteristic feature of the “African butcher”. Some researchers speculate that may be assigned to these votive objects the protective properties of African amulets, especially because it is believed today that they have a magical function, in which the disease or evil are supposedly absorbed by the object timber. The oldest ex-votos are highly valued by collectors worldwide.
Price: R$ 380.00 (Each).