A charming 19th century miniature folk retablo from Mexico - El Nino de Atocha. Displayed in the original 19th century punched tin frame.
El Nino de Atocha, one of the most popular subjects in Mexican retablo art, is the patron saint for freeing prisoners -- also known to perform miracles for travelers and those in danger. This popular image originated in Spain after the Moors invaded the town of Atocha. According to popular belief, there was a prison filled with Christians who lacked basic necessities including food and water. Only missionary children were allowed to visit, and one day after family members prayed a child carrying a basket, a staff and a gourd of water, came dressed as a pilgrim. After he served everyone in the prison both his basket and gourd were still full. It was then believed that the miraculous visitation was from none other than the Infant Jesus.
Dimensions: retablo measures approximately 6 inches x 4 inches. The tin nicho frame measures 11 x 7.5 inches.
Condition: in excellent, original condition
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