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The Mint, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7EN

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Antique silver Italian Ex voto heart.

ex Voto
  • 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: 20cm (8 in)

    Top right of picture: 20cm (8 in)

    Middle of picture: 14cm (5.5 in)

    Middle left of picture: 9cm (3 in) tall

    Middle right of picture: 7cm (2.5 in) tall

    Bottom left of picture: 7cm (3 in) wide

    Bottom right of picture: 7cm (3 in) wide