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.
Blood from the chest wound flows profusely over the perizoma, a narrow strip of white which hangs below the left hip and is caught up in a folded knot above the right. Blood from the knees and the other wounds is also profuse but somewhat stylized in that the lines of flow tend to parallel each other. The veins seem to glow from beneath the skin. The two pieces forming the cross are dowel-shaped, sculpted with a spiral design and painted gold and white on gesso. The cross is set in a turned, walnut-colored base. A new INRI plaque has been nailed above the body.
Local Name: El Señor de la
Site: Basilica of Santiago Cuilapan.
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint. Hair: sculpted hair. Eyes and mouth closed.
Size: About 3½
feet (105 cm.)
Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Achiutla, Santa Ana del Valle1, Santa Ana del Valle2, Santa Ana del Valle3, Etla, Guelavia, Mitla, Nochixtlán, Tamazulapan1, Tamazulapan2, Teitipac1, Teitipac2, Teitipac3, Teitipac Our Lady of the Rosary, Teotitlán1, Teotitlán2, Teposcolula1, Teposcolula2, Teposcolula3 (in Rosary case), Teposcolula Convento1, Teposcolula Convento2, Tilantongo1, Tilantongo2, Tlacolula1, Tlacolula, Xoxocotlán1, Xoxocotlán2, Xoxocotlán3, Xoxocotlán4, Yanhuitlán1, Yanhuitlán2, Yanhuitlán Convento1, Yanhuitlán Convento2, Yanhuitlán Convento3, Yanhuitlán Convento4, Yanhuitlán Convento5, Yanhuitlán Ayuxi Chapel, Zimatlán.
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