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
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.”