Santos in Oaxaca's Ancient Churches
study of santos in 16th-century and other churches in
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
Both figures, including the roses, are carved from one piece. There are a few pock marks in the statue. St. Rose of Lima died in 1617.
Local Name: Santa Rosa de Lima.
Basis for Identification: Dominican habit, arms holding the naked Christ Child on a bed of roses. There is no crown of roses or thorns, commonly associated with this saint.
Site: Church of San Miguel Achiutla.
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint. Eyes: glass eyes for St. Rose, painted for the Christ Child.
Size: Under 2 feet (60 cm.)
Comparable santos in Oaxaca: None found.
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 walls
of the nave on the
north and south.
(The nave is the long central section.)
Actual orientations may differ.