Figure or Our Lady of Guadalupe with head bowed and hands clasped in the center of an oblong straw sunburst form interwoven with a green, white and red ribbon and a gold elastic ribbon, green, red and gold glitter along the perimeter of the sunburst form, red fabric rose at the Vigin's feet, pink lace outlines her body and head loop for hanging on backside.
Purchased by Museum staff during the Way of the Cross Procession in Pilsen in 1999.
This figure of Our Lady of Guadalupe is an example of the intricate religious iconography and Mexican cultural roots that play a role in the Way of the Cross Procession in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. The Way of the Cross has been held each Good Friday in Pilsen since 1977. Festivities include a reenactment of the Crucifixion and Death at Harrison Park. The Way of the Cross is a lavish display of the Mexican-American culture that came to dominate Pilsen during the 1970s-80s when a large influx of Mexican immigrants arrived in Chicago.