Antique silver Italian Ex voto.
An antique silver Italian Ex voto
These are antique silver religious offerings from Naples known as ex votos. They were bought by penitents (people petitioning god and saints) too aid with pregnancy and to cure ailments. After the ailment abated or the desire was requested the silver object was donated to the church as a thanksgiving.
These vary widely in design but make a very good hanging collection. They date to the late 19th century.
They are in beautiful condition. Hand worked by artisans who once made a living purely from making these offerings for the church.
Hand: 14cm (5 in)
Arm: 20cm (8 in)