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
| Saint Paul:
The figure looks upward and to the right. The right hand is raised, fingers separated. The face is finely carved. The statue is of one piece with its base and has been heavily repainted. The lower part of the cape is held up at the waist, a gestural detail typical of representations of biblical figures in the period of polychrome. The sword is recent.
Local Name: San Pablo
Basis for Identification: Sword hanging from left hand.
Other characteristics: Black beard,
blue robe, gold mantle.
Site: Church of San Pedro y San Pablo Etla.
Location: On concrete blocks in the right niche of the main altar (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint.
the left niche of the same altar, a statue of St. Peter
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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