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Mexican Retablo (San Ramon Nonato)

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This 13.75" by 9.5" retablo on tin is of San Ramon Nonato in his Mercedarian cardinal robes. He has his personal attributes: the palm with 3 crowns (symbols of chastity, eloquence, and martyrdom), a monstrance (pointing to his taking of communion from an angel before death), and padlocked lips (the torture he endured for converting others to Christianity). His name "nonato," meaning "not born," refers to his Caesarean birth. He is the patron saint of midwives, women giving birth, and those falsely accused and imprisoned. He is also sought out to silence gossip. Artist and age of the work are unknown. In good condition with some surface wear and two missing corners. There are small holes on each of the four edges.