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Quinceañera Decoration

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 1, 2019

It's Hispanic Heritage Month!
This is a hand-cut and decorated Styrofoam decoration for a quinceañera, which is a party held in celebration of a young woman's 15th birthday. The decoration was cut with a hot knife to include the silhouette of a crescent moon, a young woman in profile, and other floral and leaf-shaped motifs. It was sold by the artist at Our Lady Of Guadalupe Church in the West Side neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota, circa 1999.