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 Mitla:
| St. Joseph:
The left hand is held out as if to hold a Christ child. Wood and gesso can be seen where the left pinkie has broken.
Local Name: San José.
Basis for Identification: Lily stalk in right hand.
Other characteristics: Green robe and white cape.
Site: Church of San Pablo Huitzo.
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments. Eyes: painted. Lily stalk: cloth, paper, and metal foil.
Size: About 2 3/4
feet (84 cm.)
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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