Item Details

Art, Folk Art

“Tama (Greek: τάμα, pl. τάματα tamata) are a form of votive offering or ex-voto used in the Eastern Orthodox Churches, particularly the Greek Orthodox Church. Tamata are usually small metal plaques, which may be of base or precious metal, usually with an embossed image symbolizing the subject of prayer for which the plaque is offered.” [From Wikipedia] In this case, the prayer would probably be for the care of the boy (19-58a), and a leg ailment (19-58b).

The plaque of the boy measures 3 3/8″ by 1 1/4″. The plaque of the leg measures 2 1/2″ by 1 5/8″ The wafer thin material of which these are made may be silver [no markings]. The designs are formed through the punch technique–tapping into the metal to create a protrusion, which ultimately creates the composition. The age is unknown, though if one were to judge by the “Victorian Style” costume the boy is wearing then late 19th-early 20th century is possible.

Overall condition is good, though with patina. The “lines” behind the item is the clear plastic brace that was used to angle the piece for photographing.

$34 for the boy; $30 for the leg.