Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mexican Folk Art--Monstrances

A monstrance is the vessel used in Roman Catholic, Old Catholic, and Anglican churches to display the consecrated Eucharistic host, during Eucharistic adoration or Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Created in the medieval period for the public display of relics, the monstrance today is usually restricted for vessels used for hosts.    Wikepedia

This is part of the collection at Casa Luna. The owner, Diane, of Casa Luna, said she started collecting them when she first came to San Miguel, about 15 years ago.  They are hand-made out of wood and decorated with tassels, plastic or silk flowers, tin, beads, etc.  I believe they were used in home altars.