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Ex-votos, called milagros in Spanish, are offerings to a particular saint for help in curing an ailment. Many milagros are in the shape of specific body parts. Usually made of silver or tin, they can also be found in wax, gold, and other metals. Santos and milagros in the Vidal Collection date from the 1700s.
Description (Spanish)
Los milagros son ofrendas hechas a un santo en particular para rogarle por la cura de alguna afección. Muchos milagros representan partes del cuerpo específicas. Por lo general se confeccionan de plata u hojalata, pero pueden hallarse también de cera, oro y otros metales. Los santos y los milagros de la Colección Vidal datan del siglo XVIII.
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Object Name
ex voto, rooster
Date made
20th century
Place Made
Puerto Rico
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 2.7 cm x 2.4 cm x.2 cm; 1 1/16 in x 15/16 in x 1/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
Puerto Rico
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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