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.
San Miguel Ejutla:
| Christ in the Purple Robe:
Probably a jointed figure that could be used as El Señor de la Misericordia. The figure is looking down with eyebrows arched and head tipped forward. The open hands hang in front. Under the robe, one knee is bent. The form of the mannequin and the angle of the head would permit the figure to be arranged so as to carry the cross, to be crucified, or to lie in a coffin, the head on a pillow.
There is a slight chip in the left side of the moustache. The crown of thorns is in the basketweave pattern. Five small votive figures have been pinned to the robe at the chest.
Basis for Identification: Standing.
Crown of thorns, bloody brow, red (not purple) robe.
Other characteristics: Tasseled white cord.
Site: Church of San Miguel Ejutla.
Location: In a niche with a glass front, south wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, crushed velvet robe. Eyes: glass. Hair: wig. Lips: parted.
Size: Life size.
in a niche in the south 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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