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Registo type altar with an image of St. Anthony. The image is over a red altar with white tablecloth and two vases with three white calla flowers with green leaves on altar table. Frame top covered with red fabric and decorated with large red bow. Fabric trim along the edges. Glass on front; floral design paper on back. Small loop on top for hanging.

History Of Use

Registos, elaborately decorated images of saints, are made throughout Portugal and used as household shrines and decorations. They attained their greatest popularity in the 18th century, after the increased production and circulation of engraved images throughout Europe. Registos were sometimes given by the Church and lay brotherhoods to congregations and pilgrims on special saints days as mementos in appreciation of their offerings. Many were later used as bookmarks for Bibles and prayer books or, in the case of small prints, were attached to a pilgrim’s hat or clothes and valued as religious souvenirs. More elaborate images, framed and decorated with rare and luxurious materials made by nuns, were purchased and displayed in richer households.

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