Similar in form to the retablo, “ex-votos,” are devotional paintings which offer thanks to a particular saint in the form of a short narrative. The origin of the term is Latin, and means “for solemn vow or promise.” An ex-voto painting is typically comprised of three elements: a scene depicting a tragedy or someone with a grave illness or injury, a depiction of the intervention of a saint on behalf of the afflicted, and an inscription describing the tragic event and which gives thanks for the divine intervention.
The inscription on this piece can be translated:
“My husband was very sick with heart failure. They did a very delicate operation to save his life. I am thankful to the Virgin of Guadalupe for the miracle of saving his life.”
This beautiful vintage belt is made from leather that is intricately beaded with black, navy, turquoise, white, green, pink, crimson, purple and silvery beads to create a bold floral and geometric pattern. It is lined on the other side with a black cotton that has ripped off from one side. *Note: there is no fastener currently on the belt