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
A crack runs the length of the statue's right side. The right shoulder and upper arm is lying by its side. The statue is heavily chipped.
Characteristics: No right arm or left hand. The figure has a moustache and goatee.
Site: Church of San Miguel Achiutla.
Media and construction: Polychrome, stiffened cloth. Eyes: painted. Hair: carved.
Size: About 3 feet (90 cm.)
Next: The second altar along the north wall of the nave has three statues of Christ. We begin with a glass case on the altar with Christ carrying the Cross.
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.