San Juan Guelavia, Oaxaca, Mexico
with cord, skull, halo, tonsure. A skull rests on
Teitipac and Santa Maria
in Oaxaca, have statues of this saint that were
identified as "San Nicolás"
by our informants there.
glass eyes, lashes; 2 feet tall.
Much dust has covered
the statue, but one can still admire the life-like
sheen to the skin.
detailing of the hands is rather perfunctory, as is
the skull. The
hand is broken and hanging from the wrist by little
more than a thread.
Red wax has been drizzled onto the fracture at the
wrist, as if to
blood. The garments and cord are part of the carving.
but high on the breast of the habit some of the most
recent paint has
away, revealing a glint of gold beneath that seems
to be polychrome.
is a similar chip at the left shoulder.
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