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:
St. Francis of Assisi
| Saint Francis of Assisi:
The figure stands with the right hand over its heart, gazing at the stigmata in the left, which is held up to his face.
The statue is hollow. The robe is stiffened cloth and is chipped where the rosary's crucifix has been removed. The head is also hollow, the gesso construction visible at the decomposing right ear. It has highly detailed teeth and shining eyes with elongated eyebrows dramatically raised. A rosary hangs from the rope cincture.
Local Name: San Francisco de
Basis for Identification: Tonsure,
brown habit, stigmata, cord.
Other characteristics: Rosary, kneeling-figure amulets tied to left index finger and left pinky.
Site: Church of San Miguel Ejutla.
Location: East wall of the chapel in the south wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Hollow
construction with gesso, stiffened cloth for the habit,
cincture of stiffened rope, black seeds for rosary
beads. The stigmata are painted on.
Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Ejutla, Teotitlán.
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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