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. Mary Magdalene
| Saint Mary Magdalene:
Above the left wrist one can see a patch of blue where the unpainted mannequin arm begins. The hands are delicate. The face is unusually full; the eyes are large and soulful. The necklace is of plastic pop-beads. The robe is white, the mantle purple. At the hem the bare left foot is showing.
Local Name: La Santa Magdalena.
Basis for Identification: Long
golden hair, halo, eyes cast up and hands held as at the
Other characteristics: White robe, purple cape.
Site: Church of San Miguel Ejutla.
Location: North wall of the nave, to the right of the Soledad on the latter's altar (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, polyester garments, plastic jewelry, metal halo. Eyes: glass, with lashes. Hair: wig.
Next: On an
altar along the north wall, a statue of an unidentified
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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