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.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
| Our Lady of Mount Carmel:
The hair is not well executed. Where it meets the neck and inside of the veil, the finishing is perfunctory. It would seem to be simply plaster, though the sheen of the face is quite unlike the chalky look of plaster. The Virgin's large halo, a hollow golden circle of rays, stands vertically behind the head.
Local Name: La Virgen del Carmen.
Basis for Identification: Brown habit and bib, halo, child, scapulars, full crowns.
Other characteristics: goes here
Site: Church of San Juan Guelavia.
Location: In a glass case in the north wall of the narthex (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, metal crowns. Both figures have glass eyes, lashes, and carved hair.
Size: About 4 feet (120 cm.)
along the north wall, a statue of Christ in the
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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