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
as a Pilgrim
as a Pilgrim:
White flat-topped hat, long hair. The polychrome garment beneath the robe and cape has a gold floral pattern on a red background. Part of the middle finger is missing. The figure is holding a strange piece of stiffened cloth.
Local Name: San José
Basis for Identification: Staff with
lilies, "straw" hat.
Other characteristics: Lavender
robe, green cape, gold cincture.
Site: Church of San Miguel Achiutla.
Location: North wall of the nave, standing before altar of the Virgin in White, along the north wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Polychrome
fabric garments. Hair: carved
Size: About 22 inches (55 cm.)
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.
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