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.
Our Lady of Sorrows
Lady of Sorrows
Local Name: La Madre de los Dolores
Basis for Identification: Upturned face tilted to the left, sorrowful gaze. The full-length veil-mantle covers the entire statue except for the face.
Other characteristics: Mantle is
gold brocade on white.
Site: Basilica of Santiago Cuilapan.
Location: West wall of the north chapel (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garment. Hair: wig. Eyes: glass eyes shadowed in blue, with eyelashes. Lips are parted to reveal sculpted teeth.
Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Achiutla,
Santa Ana del
Cuilapan1, Ejutla, Mitla, Nochixtlán,
(in Calvary group), Tlacolula,
Xoxocotlán, Yanhuitlán (?), Zimatlán.
the north wall of the nave, a statue of Our Lady 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.
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