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
St. Peter the Apostle
| Saint Peter the Apostle:
The keys are of recent construction, as is the cross, which has been tied to the right hand. The figure looks heavenward, with the head tilted to the right, and the hands are raised palm-up in prayer.
Local Name: San Pedro Apóstol
Basis for Identification: Keys, triple cross, balding.
Other characteristics: Blue robe, gold cape.
Site: Church of San Pedro y San Pablo Etla.
Location: Left niche in the main altar (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments, modern shoes. Eyes: glass. Hair: carved. Sculpted teeth.
Size: About 5½
inches (168 cm.)
Next: In a
chapel off the south transept, a statue of the Ecce Homo
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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