scapular

scapular

19th century
Artist
unknown maker
Country
Colombia, Ecuador
necklace
gold
Gift of the Stapleton Foundation of Latin American Colonial Art, made possible by the Renchard Family
1990.621
unknown maker. scapular. 19th century. gold. Gift of the Stapleton Foundation of Latin American Colonial Art, made possible by the Renchard Family. 1990.621.
Dimensions
length: 22 in, 55.88 cm; width: 1.5 in, 3.8100 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Collection
Latin American Art

According to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to Christian hermits who lived on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land and gave them a cloak called a scapular. Later, miniature scapulars that look like double-ended necklaces, with one rectangle hanging in front and the other in back, were worn by the faithful as a reminder of personal religious devotion. This hammered gold scapular has a cross on one end, and on the other, a nail enclosed by an “S” for esclavo (slave) indicating the wearer’s devotion.
--Julie Wilson Frick, 2017

Known Provenance
Gifted 26 December 1990 to the Denver Art Museum by the Stapleton Foundation of Latin American Colonial Art, made possible by the Renchard family. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us. --Julie Wilson Frick, 2017
Exhibition History
  • Glitterati: Portraits & Jewelry from Colonial Latin America (December 2014 - November 2016, Denver Art Museum)