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.
|Immaculate Heart of Mary|
| Immaculate Heart of Mary:
The statue has a blue body beneath the clothing. The palms-out position of the hands close to the body suggests movable arms, probably jointed at the shoulder. The face appears to have been retouched: the eyebrows are somewhat heavy and done in a duller, blacker paint that does not match the high sheen of the cheeks. The net veil with a pearl diadem is of the style worn by quinceañeras and often donated to their patron saints. The 7 inch heart (18 cm.) is painted red, in a sunburst of silver metal. A plaster female saint kneels at the foot of the statue.
Local Name: Corazón de
Basis for Identification: White dress, blue stole, net veil with diadem.
Site: Church of Santiago Cuilapan.
Location: Midway along the south wall of nave, in a glass case (see note).
Size: About 5½ feet (165 cm.)
along the south wall, a statue
of St. Michael the Archangel
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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