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.
Palm Sunday Christ
| Palm Sunday Christ (a "Palmesel"):
The material seems to be the same as the Resurrected Christ standing beside it, possibly corn- or cane-paste though the features are more standard and the statue does not seem to be the work of the same artist. The robe is white, the cape purple. The right hand is not raised in the traditional gesture of Palm Sunday Christs. Neither hand is visible beneath the sleeves. The face and the mount have been repainted.
Basis for Identification: Riding
a donkey, which stands on an andas.
Other characteristics: White robe, purple cape.
Site: Basilica of Santiago Cuilapan.
Location: In the second bay of the north wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Hollow construction. Fabric garments, real hair (donkey's mane and tail), leather harness. Hair: carved. Eyes: painted.
Size: About 4½
feet (135 cm.)
the same bay, a
statue of the resurrected Christ.
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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