3 large antique ex voto sacred heart catholic relic locket pendants. All made in France c 1880. Hearts like this, with flames is known in France as, “Coeur de Marie”, or “Mary’s Heart”. The smaller pendant is engraved in the front with the letter, “M” layered with a cross. This letter stands for an abbreviation for the Latin phrase, “Auspice Maria”, meaning, “Under the Protection of Mary” The two larger ones, marked with initials, are made in bronze and one with paste stones. The smaller one is gilt metal and marked "Depose" = French word for "registered."
Great condition, one stone is missing, patina, minor general wear. All 3 closes strong and safe
Height paste stone pendant: 5.8in / 14.7cm
Total weight: 5.7oz / 167gram
“Ex Voto” is the shortened version of the Latin, “ex voto suscepto” which means, “from the vow made”. It’s a votive offering placed in a Catholic church, that houses a thanksgiving prayer for a miracle that has been granted.
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