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 Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca:
Virgin Mary as an Infant
Christ Child (1)
Christ Child (2)
Christ Fallen with the Cross
Our Lady of Sorrows
Our Lady of Sorrows (Soledad)
Our Lady of the Rosary
St. Anthony of Padua
St. Isidore the Laborer
St. Martin de Porres + 2 angels
St. Peter of Verona (Peter Martyr)
Unidentified Dominican saint
Unidentified, possibly St. Lucy
Unidentified saint (1)
Unidentified saint (2)
Unidentified saint (3)
Virgin Mary (1)
Virgin Mary (2)
Virgin Mary (3 - in a coffin)
Santos not photographed
|Our Lady of Sorrows (Soledad)
Local Name: Nuestra Señora de
Basis for Identification: Black and
gold mantle from the top of the head nearly to the
floor, full crown, dark dress, sorrowful expression.
Other characteristics: A white handkerchief covers the hands, from which hangs a pendant on a chain.
Site: Church of San Juan Bautista
Location: In a glass case in the first bay in the north wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Frame construction with fabric garments. Face of wood, gesso, paint. Eyes: glass, with lashes. Sculpted teeth.
Size: About 4 feet (120 cm.)
in the first bay, a statue of an
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.