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Accession №1987.000.00611
PurposeAlternative Medicine
Specific NameEx-voto


Embossed tin rectangle with corners cut off. Pattern contains flames surrounding 2 eyes within an oval. Object is meant to be used as a milagros by an individual seeking devine intervention for an eye ailment.

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From Anne Cooper, 9/2/2011 1:50:00 PM
I wonder if the surfeit of eye votives may indeed be in relation to the 'evil' eye' and supplications to have the spell or curse removed; not in relation to eye complaints. This image is very similar to the Maltese evil eye.

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