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Hand Carved Saint Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe 4.5" x 15.5"

4.5" X 15.5"

    The Virgin of Guadalupe is widely embraced as the Mother of the Americas for a number of reasons. She appeared to the indigenous Juan Diego, rather than to the Spanish ruling priests, and spoke to him in his native tongue, saying, “Do you not recognize me? Am I not of your own kind? Are you not in the shadow of my protection?” The miracle of the tilma – her image being emblazoned on Juan Diego’s cloak – was covered up by Castillian roses and revealed only when the roses tumbled onto the floor of the office of the Archbishop. Even with her uncustomarily dark skin, the Virgin’s appearance was something white colonial Archbishop could not fail to understand, from the elegance of her gown  to the aura that surrounded her. In short, Juan Diego’s evidence was compelling beyond fault and her miracle was declared. This folk art wooden statue of The Virgin of Guadalupe was hand-carved by Mexican artisans.

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