Hand-carved by an unknown artist in either Ceará or Pernambuco states in northeastern Brazil, ex-votos like this, called ‘milagres’ or miracles in Portuguese, were once found at hundreds of shrines where pilgrims brought them in fulfillment of vows. Bought by NOVA BOSSA founder from a discerning New York collector, who had himself acquired the piece in Brazil nearly 40 years ago, this solid wood sculpture shows the area of affliction that prompted the pilgrimage – the head. It was likely left in a church during a week in October when pilgrims would make the annual long trek to offer ex-votos in the hopes of a miracle.
- Made in Brazil
- Solid wood