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:
Immaculate Heart of Mary
| Immaculate Heart of Mary:
Two seed-pearl coifs like those worn by quinceañeras have been placed in the glass case. The heart is encircled in a crown of thorns. The cape is blue velvet lined in fur. The veil is of lace. The figure appears to be of the blue-body type because both hands are too large for the body and the right hand is larger than the left. The hands are held close to the hips and palm out.
Local Name: Corazón de
Basis for Identification: Tiara, white robe, blue cape, white lace veil, on the breast a heart in a sunburst diadem.
Site: Church of San Pablo Huitzo.
Location: In a glass case on the center of the second altar along the north wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments. Eyes: glass, with lashes. Hair: wig.
Size: Life size.
the right side of this altar, a statue of the Christ
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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