Ex-voto

Mexico

1940

Painted tin

10 5/8 x 7 1/2 inches

A woman gordita-seller found protection through St Nicolas de Bari—a policeman who was trying to extort payola, instead began buying the gorditas and stopped the harassment.

Joaquina Eredia, Mexico 1940

Ex-votos are objects or paintings left in gratitude, particularly for healing or blessing. In Mexico they tell the story of the blessing.