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.
In San Pedro y San Pablo
Christ at the Pillar
| Christ at the Pillar:
The figure hunches forward slightly. The hair and beard are neat and smooth. The hands are tied to the pillar. The pillar is fluted, has a Corinthian capital, and seems to be a part of the base. The right hand is raised slightly and is bloody on the palm and the insides of the fingers. Blood flows along the figure's back and from the temples. The elbows and knees have lesions, and there are whip marks on the left thigh and calf. The feet are large. The perizoma is knotted in a single loop over the left hip.
Basis for Identification: Pillar,
naked torso, wounds.
Other characteristics: Red perizoma.
Site: Church of San Pedro y San Pablo Etla.
Location: Niche in the second bay of the south wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint.
Walking back to the first bay in the south wall, we find
a statue of Our Lady of Mount
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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