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 in the Purple Cloak
This beautiful statue attracts
attention to the offering box below it. The hands are
remarkably well detailed for a figure of this size. The
head is bald under the new wig.
Other characteristics: Kneeling, not
standing as is usual with this iconographic type.
Site: Church of San Pedro y San Pablo Etla.
Location: On a 40 inch (107 cm.) pedestal in the center of the narthex (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garment. Eyes: glass, with lashes. Hair: wig.
Size: About 12 inches (30 cm.)
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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