Antique silver Italian Ex voto heart.
An antique silver Italian Ex voto heart.
This is an antique silver religious offering from Naples known as an ex voto. 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.
The ex voto hearts are circa 1870. We also have other pieces of various shapes, which make a beautiful set. If you are interested in more than one please contact us for a price.
It is in overall great condition. Beautifully worked by artisans who once made a living purely from making these offerings for the church.
Price is for one piece.
Top left of picture: 10cm (4 in)
Top middle of picture: 13cm (5 in)
Top right of picture: 14cm (5.5 in)
Middle left of picture: Sold
Middle right of picture: 9cm (3.5 in)
bottom of picture: 7cm (3 in)