Milagritos

Milagritos (tiny metal representational offerings) narrate an implicit story—my arm hurts—and at once are metonymies that represent not merely an arm but an arm in pain, or a healed arm no longer in pain. A votive body part is not a static reproduction in miniature but rather is the material vehicle of an abstraction (pain) and an intention (petition, cure). In Mexico today milagritos are mass produced of cheap metals and are used both as petitions and offerings. They are available in a range of representations beyond the more traditional body parts, sacred hearts, and kneeling votaries. Current offerings include couples, pregnant women, livestock and poultry, crops, houses, scorpions, and vehicles, among others.