In addition to its decorative appeal, this hand carved and hand painted box serves a practical purpose. Beneath the feet of 'Our Lady of Mt Carmel' lies a hinged till box for alms donations. To help safeguard the contributions a hasp and lock were added to protect the contents. There are times however, when even the most prohibitive security system will not thwart the determined criminal. The solution to this problem does not come in the form of more security. The solution lies in the figure perched atop the hinged till, Our Lady of Mt Carmel -- serving as both a formidable deterrent to crime and a persuasive reminder for alms-giving.
Nuestra Señora de Carmen has always been associated with purgatory, seen rescuing purgatorial souls from a fiery pit. She is venerated for protection from harmful situations, protection from dangerous situations and most importantly, petitioned by those seeking deliverance from purgatory. She offers general aid and assistance to fallen purgatorial souls, often reaching deep into the fiery flames and raising her faithful and devoted apostles out of harm's way. She is especially loyal to the devout who wore the brown scapular shield in life.
Mexico. Circa 1800 - 1850.
Dimensions: 11 inches tall x 8 inches wide x 7 inches deep.
Condition notes: scattered paint loss and wear commensurate with age. Original, unrestored condition..
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