Santos in Oaxaca's Ancient Churches
A study of santos in 16th-century and other
churches in Oaxaca, Mexico
By Claire and Richard Stracke
Funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation
San Miguel Achiutla:
Christ carrying the Cross
Our Lady of Sorrows (Soledad)
Our Lady of the Rosary
Sacred Heart of Jesus + Christ Child
St. John the Baptist
St. Michael (1)
St. Michael (2)
St. Michael (3)
St. Michael (4)
St. Peter of Verona (Peter Martyr)
St. Rose of Lima
Unidentified Dominican saint
Virgin Mary Altar
Virgin Mary in White
The white robe is unusual in a statue of the resurrected Christ. The hair is chipped badly at the right, but otherwise the body is in good condition.
Basis for Identification: Stigmata,
vexillum (the pennant at the top of which is not shown
Other characteristics: White robe,
artificial roses pinned to the robe at the chest,
flower-like gauze construction tied to the right hand
and to the top of the vexillum, red fabric pennant
trimmed with gold stitching.
Site: Church of San Miguel Achiutla.
Location: Second altar along the north wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric robe and pennant. Eyes: glass, with lashes. Hair: carved.
Size: About 3 feet (90 cm.)
Next: On an altar at the east end of the north wall, St. Rose of Lima
references to the cardinal directions always assume
that the main altar is at the east end of the church,
the narthex or entry area at the west end, and the two
of the nave on the
north and south. (The
nave is the long central section.)
Actual orientations may differ.