San Isidro Labrador
Church of San
Teitipac, Oaxaca, Mexico
San Isidro Labrador (Hat, team of oxen, angel, water gourd,
basket, goad; blue cape with gold fringe).
Wood, gesso, paint; fabric cape; painted eyes; approximately
3 feet, 3 inches tall.
The saint is
shown driving a team of four white oxen, which are
disproportionately small. A red ox stands beside the team,
and an 18" angel stands behind the figure and to its left.
According to our informant in Teitipac, The oxen figures are
given as gifts to the church by the mayordomías on San
Isidro's feast day, May 15, at which time farmers bring
their teams of oxen to be blessed.