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.
| Resurrected Christ
The body is of a workingman with powerful legs and a wiry torso. The expression is haughty, the eyes slanted, almost East Asian. The white loincloth is decorated with wide checkerboards of golden crosses within golden borders, broken by vertical bands of feathery arabesques. The flesh and hair have been repainted, leaving little gloss, especially on the face. The musculature is remarkably detailed and lifelike, perhaps facilitated by the use of corn or cane paste in construction. The vexillum is tied to the left hand. The left index finger has been crudely repaired. The three-flame halo is missing the center flame.
Basis for Identification: Raised right hand, loincloth, vexillum, stigmata on hands and chest, halo, no scutum.
Site: Basilica of Santiago Cuilapan.
Media and construction: Hollow construction. White and gold polychrome loincloth beneath white polyester apron. Hair: carved. Eyes: painted. Closed mouth.
Size: About 4 feet (120 cm.)
Moving ahead to the 3rd bay in the north wall, a statue of the Sacred
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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