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:
Sacred Heart of Jesus
| Sacred Heart of Jesus:
The skin tones are very life-like. The lips are slightly parted. Only the tips of the fingers can be seen. The hands hang limply at the sides. The cape is red velvet embroidered in gold; the robe is white and gold brocade. A double-stranded rosary hangs from the neck.
Local Name: El Sagrado
Corazón de Jesús.
Basis for Identification: Standing
Christ, silver heart in sunburst at breast, cruciform
halo. The hands are covered by the cuffs, so one cannot
tell whether they bear the nail marks from the
Crucifixion, as Sacred Heart images often do.
Other characteristics: White
robe, red cape.
Site: Church of San Pablo Huitzo.
Location: In a glass case on the center of the third altar along the north wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric gaments, pearl rosary. Eyes: glass, with lashes. Hair: wig.
Size: Life size.
Moving to the next altar along the north wall, a statue of the Virgin and
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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