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.
Christ Seated in the
Pretorium ("Pensive Christ")
| Christ Seated in the Pretorium
Local Name: El Dios de la
Basis for Identification: Seated in purple robe, with blood running down the face and legs from the crown of thorns (basketweave pattern), white trousers edged in lace, lasso around the neck with a figure-8 knot, holding face with right hand, no sceptre.
Other characteristics: Long, curly
hair. Sunburst halo.
Site: Church of San Juan Guelavia.
Location: North wall of the nave (see note).
the north transept, a statue of Christ
fallen with the cross
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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