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
| San Felipe Ixtapa
| We have no pictures from San Felipe Ixtapa.
It is possible that this is a repainted older
statue. The skin of the face and hands is done in a
modern "flat" paint. All else is covered by the
garments. A plaster Sacred Heart is on a stand in
front of the glass case.
Basis for Identification: Heart on
chest, gold-colored vertical halo behind head.
Location: Glass case on altar in the south wall of the narthex.
Media and construction: Wood, gesso,
paint, fabric garments (?). Eyes:
glass, lashes seem painted. Hair: wig. Size: about 4
feet (120 cm.)
Each eye is simply a light bulge in the face, painted with a line to suggest the closed lid. The wig covers carved hair. Crudely done, crudely re-painted.
Local Name: El Señor de la Misericordia
Location: On a stand centered in the first altar in the south aisle.
Media and construction: Painted wood,
painted eyes, wig, purple fabric loincloth
2½ feet tall (75 cm.)
Location: Left of the crucifix described above.