Icon made of woven straw, bottom straw is intertwined to resemble a chalice with a wooden stick protruding upward from its center, the top of the stick holds a circular straw sunburst form with a plastic and paper chalice and inscription reading "JHS" at its center, glitter adorns the tips of the sunburst and the lip of the straw chalice. Collected during Chicago's Way of the Cross Procession. Object sold by street vendors for use in home or as mementos.
This eucharistic chalice was purchased during Chicago's Way of the Cross Procession in the Pilsen neighborhood. It was sold by street vendors for use in the home or as mementos.
This eucharistic chalice is an example of the religious iconography and Mexican cultural roots that play a role in the Way of the Cross procession in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. The procession has been held each Good Friday in Pilsen since 1977. Festivities include a reenactment of the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus Christ at Harrison Park. The Way of the Cross displays Mexican-American culture which has come to dominate Pilsen since the 1950s and 1960s, due to changes in immigration law and the forced removal of Mexican-Americans from the Near West Side to expand the University of Illinois at Chicago.