St. Raymond Nonnatus

San Ramón Nonato is associated with secrets and silence. He is the patron saint of both victims of gossip and women in labor. Born in Catalonia in the early 13th century, his mother died in labor and he was surgically removed from her womb. He was an ardent and persecuted Christian missionary in North Africa. To stop him from converting others to Christianity, his lips were pierced with a hot iron and clamped shut with a lock.
Currently not on view
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Date made
Physical Description
handmade (overall production method/technique)
wood; paint (overall material)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 15 cm x 5 cm x 3.5 cm; 5 7/8 in x 1 15/16 in x 1 3/8 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico
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catalog number
accession number
Cultures & Communities
Puerto Rico
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title (Spanish)
San Ramón Nonato
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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