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 figure is in the traditional Sebastian stance and has curly blond shoulder-length hair. The right arm has been repaired. The right middle finger is missing. The paint is chipped in places, especially the left leg. The loincloth is quite brief; there is a navel. A wooden implement is in the left hand.
Local Name: San Sebastián.
Basis for Identification: Youth
mustache and goatee tied to a tree, naked except for a
loincloth. Red and bleeding arrow wounds.
Other characteristics: Ample curly
blond hair, gold loincloth.
Site: Church of San Miguel Achiutla.
Location: West end of the north wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood,
paint. Eyes: painted eyes.
Size: About 3 feet (90 cm.)
Next: A crucifix on the
first of four altars we shall visit on the north side of
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.