San José Patriarca
Church of San Juan
Teitipac, Oaxaca, Mexico
Joseph and child); glass eyes, open mouth; life
Locally known as San
Patriarca, this Joseph is of course not the Old
but St. Joseph, the spouse of Mary. (Lily stalk; full crown;
upon left hand, also with full crown).
This St. Joseph is represented as young and vigorous. The
right knee is
thrust slightly forward and the right foot points outward,
foot turns away at a right angle. This stance, together the
set of the
shoulders and neck, express pride and confidence. The cape is
by exuberant serpentine drapery and the robe by the drama of
on a black background. The polychrome of robe and cape is in
condition. The child is more stylized and rectilinear; the
is more muted--gold on a dull blue.
The crowns and the lily are recent. Unusually, the saint's
blush is at
the bottom of the cheek and at the mouth.
According to our informant at Teitipac, Sr. Hilario Lopez, the
carried through the church and then around the churchyard on
feast day, March 19. It also figures in the Candelaria
procession. The statue is cared for by a mayordomía.
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