Peter and Tari Bowman have always been fascinated by the indigenous representation of the Catholic saints. At Banderas Bay Trading Company you might find San Pedro roughly carved from a piece of driftwood, or San Miguel carved into a stone plaque. From whimsical to reverent, these pieces are truly special.
Each family in a village might have it's own saint and then a nicho or wooden case to preserve it. These can be very detailed with glass windows, or hand painted doors. The very large versions are found throughout Mexican churches to house the saints and figures of importance to that church or city. A wonderful selection is always on display at Banderas Bay Trading Company.
The Latin cross is a potent symbol throughout Mexico. Banderas Bay Trading Company offers crosses in every size and material, from wood, rustic iron or polished pewter, ceramic or glass, embellished with milagros, hand painted or plain, there is an amazing selection to chose from.
These devotional metal paintings or carved plaques are typical representations of Mexican and Latin American folk art versions of religious subjects. Votive paintings represent holy figures such as Chris or the Virgin Mother. Ex-votos might display a story of a dangerous event that the artist survived and then gave thanks to the particular saint or sacred figure who interceded to save him. They are wonderfully imaginative and very collectible
The prayer beads or rosarios used to count the series of prayers that make up the rosary is a popular expression of traditional Catholicism in Mexico. The fascinating versions of rosarios at Banderas Bay Trading Company, hand crafted by the indigenous people of Ocomichu or the villages around Patzcuaro celebrating the Day of the Dead or dia de los muertos, blend devils andthe devoted with equal enthusiasm.