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:
| Unidentified saint, possibly a Dominican:
The saint looks up. He has a full beard. We could not see whether he has a tonsure. The habit is like that of Dominicans in details (the mantle, the cincture), but not in color. The figure wears shoes and not sandals. The neck of the mantle has a tall, curving collar which closes at the nape. It is folded back only enough to frame the hands, which are clutching the opening of the robe and pulling it back to display a long diamond of bare chest. A medallion has been hung from the neck by a gold cord.
The habit is decorated in red, brown and gold polychrome with a simple pattern of swirls. It is belted with a smooth polychrome sash. The statue is in very good condition. Only at toe of the left shoe can chipping be seen. There wood is revealed.
Site: Church of San Pablo Huitzo.
Location: On a shelf in the north wall of the nave between the second rib and the apse (see note).
Media and construction: Polychrome. Eyes: glass. Set-in teeth.
Size: About 3 feet (90 cm.)
this statue we find one
of Our Lady of the Assumption
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.
Actual orientations may differ. (The
nave is the long central section; the apse is the area
beneath the half-dome at the end of the building where
the main altar is located.)
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