Church of San Juan
Teitipac, Oaxaca, Mexico
in left hand, purple habit with white cord.
Wood, gesso, paint; painted eyes; polyester habit; approx. 3
The right hand is
in benediction. The skull, badly chipped and decomposed, is
tied to the
left hand, which is in a sling. Somewhat damaged toes show
the hem of the habit. Yet the head is of expert work and is in
The saint has a five-o'clock shadow and well-detailed curls.
realistic, and the skeletal structure of the hands and wrists
The saint was
identified for us in Teitipac as "San Nicolás" by Sr.
Lopez. Similar santos are in Oaxaca in the villages of San Juan Guelavia and Santa María
of St. Nicholas Factor