Sacred Hearts of Mexico
The Sacred Heart is a prominent symbol of devotion in Roman Catholic religion, signifying the divine love of Jesus for humanity.
Sacred heart symbology is popular throughout Mexico given that approximately 80% of the population identify as Roman Catholic.
Often depicted with either flames, rays of light, thorns, a dagger and of course a cross, each representation holds a slightly different meaning, for example, a sacred heart with rays of light as pictured below, refers to the passage John 8:12 where Jesus declares that He is the “light of the world”. A sacred heart with flames similarly speaks of God’s passionate love for humanity.
Regardless of your religious beliefs these pieces illustrate the incredible skill of Mexican artisans and are an important symbol of current Mexican culture.
They come in various forms and materials such as tin and wood, employing traditional artisan techniques such as colourful folk art mixing religious iconography (Spanish origins) with traditional Mesoamerica flare for bold colour.
Tin Sacred Heart featuring flames, with gold leaf application