La Virgen del Carmen
Virgen del Carmen (Child, scapulars, bib, crown;
Wood, gesso, paint.
Bald beneath wig, glass eyes, closed mouth; fabric
garments; approximately 5 feet tall.
This Carmen is different from the traditional and
the statue may originally have represented a
different saint. The garments are not brown but
white brocade trimmed in gold; yet the bib, reaching
to mid-calf, marks them as unquestionably the Carmen
garments. Only the virgin has a scapular;
traditionally both figures have one. Finally, the
fine features and sheen of the face make the statue
seem older than other Carmens.
same case is a small statue kneeling at the virgin's
feet. it is of a full-bearded male dressed in
polyester garments. It wears a white veil held on
with a round coil such as is depicted in modern
Biblical illustrations. It wears a green, collared
robe and a long gold wrap in apparent imitation of
the robe and mantle of the older, larger statue that
stands to the right of the case and which we
identify as Saint Joseph. This would make the glass
case a niche for the Holy Family.