Just up the road from the British Museum. there’s a moving exhibition at the Wellcome Institute of Mexican ex-votos. These are mostly hand-painted tin panels given in thanks for the intercession of saints when called upon in cases of extreme jeopardy from accident, sickness or crime.
In mid-fall from a building, a workman would cry out to S Anthony and would survive with minor injuries. A wife would pray fervently from her sick-bed to the Virgin, a family from their drowning car, a mill-hand as his arm was caught in pre H&S machinery.
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