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. Thomas Aquinas
The hair around the tonsure is more curly than usual. The neck is somewhat elongated, but the head is realistic and individualized. The book is carved as part of the body and is held close to the left thigh. The upraised right hand is missing. Although the polychrome is badly damaged, one can still see the carefully done black and gold arabesques and feathers on the mantle, as well as the perfunctory scratch marks typical of the linings of capes. The robe is white and gold, worked in a different pattern of arabesques and feathers. The head seems to be made separately from the body.
Local Name: San Tomás de
Basis for Identification: Image of the shining sun on the breast, tonsure, Dominican habit, closed book in left hand.
Site: Church of San Pedro y San Pablo Etla.
Location: In the courtyard of the former convento.
Media and construction: Polychrome. Eyes: painted. Hair: carved. Painted teeth.
Size: About 4 feet (120 cm.).
Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Ocotlán
damaged statue of an angel
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