Milagros are religious folk charms and hangings, traditionally used by the people to petition saints for help or protection. For example, a horse or sheep figure may be left to ask for help in healing a sick animal or for fertility. Students may leave an open book asking for divine intervention in their grades. Hearts are often left to thank the saint for answering the prayers of the lovelorn. They are frequently attached to altars, shrines, and sacred objects found in places of worship.
Milagros come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be made from many different materials, depending on local customs. For example, they might be nearly flat or fully three-dimensional; and they can be constructed from gold, silver, tin, lead, wood, bone, or wax. In Spanish, the word milagro literally means miracle. This piece features the female form, is made of tin, and is approximately 3 x 4 inches.