- unknown artist
Unknown artist, Scapular, 1800s. Gold; 22 × 1½ in. Gift of the Stapleton Foundation of Latin American Colonial Art, made possible by the Renchard family, 1990.621.
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
- Glitterati: Portraits & Jewelry from Colonial Latin America (December 2014 - November 2016, Denver Art Museum)