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 Etla:
Christ at the pillar
Christ: Ecce Homo
Christ fallen under the cross
Christ in the pretorium
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
St. Anthony of Padua
St. Peter the Apostle
St. Peter of Verona (Peter Martyr)
Unidentified saint (1)
Unidentified saint (2)
Unidentified saint (3)
Other santos not photographed
| Unidentified Saint:
The statue stands on a sculptured base; a snake forms part of the design of the base. The face seems to have been repainted. The neck is original, the veins still glowing beneath the skin. The hands are disproportionately small and seem of different manufacture. There is an odd lumpiness at the hips which may suggest sculpted clothing beneath the fabric robe.
Characteristics: Green robe with gold cape, eyes cast upward and slightly to the left.
Site: Church of San Pedro y San Pablo Etla.
Location: Third bay in the south wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments. Eyes: glass. Hair: sculpted.
Walking across the nave to the second bay in the south
wall, we find a statue
of Christ at the pillar.
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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