The Sacred Heart is one of the most common motifs in religious folk art created in Mexico. The idea is that the physical heart of Jesus is a symbol of his divine love for humanity. The Mexican sacred heart comes in various forms--with flames around it, with a crown, with a dagger through the center and sometimes with a crown of thorns--and all represent the same thing, Jesus' compassion for humanity. In some Christian paintings it is depicted as a flaming heart shining with divine light, pierced by the lance-wound, encircled by the crown of thorns, topped by a cross and bleeding. The bleeding and wounds and crown of thorns allude to the manner of Jesus' death while the fire stands for the transformative power of God's love. And of course, you know that almost everyone in Mexico is Catholic so these images are commonly seen throughout the country.
Here are a few interpretations of the sacred heart by some of Mexico's folk artists. The two hearts above, hang on the wall. One is shiny nickel silver (5" tall) and other is a patina-ed nickel silver or alpacca (7" tall). They are $38 for the shiny one and $28 for the darker one. The two sets of earrings below are made of silver and come from Taxco, Mexico. The lovely crowned earrings are $38, the pendant, $30. The stunning, oxidized earrings with lovebirds and a flaming heart are $78.