Silver Milagros. 1890s. Mexico.
Collected by Frederick Starr.
MAA Z 39754, Z 39755, Z 39758, Z 39756, Z 39773.
Displayed in public, votives record a private contract between dedicant and deity. We can only guess at the story behind the Mexican milagros (miracles) displayed here. Does a tongue refer to an injury, gossip, or a desire for eloquence? Does a scorpion record a bite or a more subtle metaphor?