This is an extra-large sacred heart ex-voto cachette. Cachette means 'hiding place'. It is similar to a large locket, and used as a reliquary for keepsakes, rosaries, or thank you's for an answered prayer.
The sacred heart is made of metal that has been processed and finished to give the appearance of antique, tarnished silver. This is a replica of a piece typical of the late 1800's. The front of the heart has intricate carving of a cross and the Monogram of Mary.
From the top of the flame to the base of the heart, it measures 10 inches. The actual heart that opens to a locket is 6 inches tall and 5 inches wide. Total depth is a little over 2 inches.
A hook is on the back for hanging. Hang it from a Christmas tree limb, use as a wall hanging, or place inside the cage of your Santos. Or just use for mementos of your miracles!
(Santos dolls pictured are not included!)