This stunning antique piece is a portable altar /Oratório de Viagem which the traveler o would take with him and set up in his temporary accomodations in order to say his daily prayers. It thus functions as a temporary version of the typical household altar popular in Latin America. This particular traveling altar (ca. early 20th century) was collected in Pernambuco in Brazil's Northeast. It is both a superb piece of sacred and and of Brazilian folk art from this region.
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