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 Pablo Huitzo:
| Jesus Christ:
The statue is placed above the Christ at the Pillar, and on the wall behind it is a painting of the crucifixion. We assume that this is a Christ, because of the face and the pointed beard. There are no wounds or other symbols to identify it. The hands are not held in benediction: both are at hip level, and the left hand is held forward palm-up with the middle finger extended.
Basis for Identification: Position on the altar, shape of beard.
Other characteristics: Youthful
face, green robe, gold cape, white
Site: Church of San Pablo Huitzo.
Location: An altar along the south wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garment. Eyes: glass. Hair: wig.
Size: Life size.
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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