This is a large hand made pewter milagro of the Virgin of Guadalupe from Mexico. Milagro is the word for miracle in Spanish. Milagros can be found in parts of Latin America and Europe and are sometimes used by the faithful for blessings or to petition saints for protection. There are an endless variety of milagros because they are specifically made for a unique purpose to remind the saint of the person's prayers or to thank the saint for blessings. Origins of the Virgin of Guadalupe according to tradition, Juan Diego, a simple indigenous peasant, saw a vision of a young woman on December 9, 1531. While he was on the hill in the desert of Tepeyac near Mexico City, the lady told him to build a church exactly on the spot where they were standing. He told the local bishop, who asked for some proof. He went back and saw the vision again. He told the lady that the bishop wanted proof, and she said" Bring the roses behind you." When he looked behind, he saw a bunch of roses growing. He cut the roses, placed them in his poncho and returned to the bishop. When he arrived to the bishop, he said he had brought proof. When he opened his pancho, instead of roses there was a picture of the young lady in the vision. Today, the icon is displayed in the Basilica of Guadalupe nearby, one of the most visited Catholic shrines in the world. The Virgin of Guadalupe is Mexico's most popular religious and cultural image. This milagro measures 2 7/8" by 1 7/8" and weighs 1.1 ounce.