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A crucial moment in the history of the religious syncretism in Mexico, New Spain was definitively the foundation of the nuns' convents, from the early 17th century and up to almost the official term(end) of the same ones during the laws of the church disamortization during the 19th century working in an exemplary way in the education of the girls of wealthy families of all this period.

These young ladies were using a really beautiful ornament, the nun's shield,that consist of a medallion of approximately a diameter of eight inches, which were attached to their chest as a follow-up of the promise of faith that was keeping them cloistered, having also in them the images of his patron saints.
These magnificent pieces were in ceremonies of great importance, and beyond the faith, the nun's shields were giving them an impressive dignity to the habit, of there that his elaborated manufacture and different materials; also they were speaking about the importance of the family that was supporting it, as well as of the painter who realized it. As a rule these jewels of the history of art were painted in oil on copper, or vellum. Though also in some cases they where embroidered and generality were framed in thin tortoise-shell frame
Several pieces of this kind and from very high quality can be found in our large stock.

Date:  17th century
Period:  1600-1750, 17th century
Origin:  Mexico
Medium: Oil on copper plate, Frame of tortoiseshell
Dimensions: 15 cm (5⁷/₈ inches)
Categories: Works of Art