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:
Our Lady of Sorrows
| Our Lady of Sorrows
Local Name: La Madre de los Dolores.
Basis for Identification: Sunburst halo, eyes up, mouth open, right hand gesturing to a metal heart pinned to the chest and pierced by small swords, blue-and-gold robe, blue mantle that reaches from the top of the head nearly to the floor.
Other characteristics: On the statue's stand is sculpted ESCULTOR AMADOR RAMIREZ.
Site: Church of San Miguel Ejutla.
Location: In a niche along the south wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments. Eyes: glass, with lashes. Sculpted teeth.
Size: Life size.
Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Achiutla,
Santa Ana del
Cuilapan2, Mitla, Nochixtlán,
(in Calvary group), Tlacolula,
Xoxocotlán, Yanhuitlán (?), Zimatlán.
Turning to the chapel off the south wall of the nave, we
find a statue of St.
Francisco of Assisi.
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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