Early 1900s Italian Ex-voto, an ornate metal heart housed in a circular shadowbox frame. These were either carried or displayed in a home or church as devotional objects purchased from the church to ensure protection for loved ones. If a loved one was going on a long journey or joining a war effort, or had a dangerous job, any potential peril warranted the protection an Ex Voto would offer. Ex Votos were often employed to give thanks for granted wishes, prayers and intentions. The cult of the Sacred Heart can be traced to the 11th century.
Frame measures 5.75 inches across.