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.
| Calvary Group:
On this page we shall discuss the crucifix shown above. The following pages will study the two figures on the left and right. The sash on the Christ figure is tied in the knot commonly used in sculpted Misericordia loincloths. There is no paint, only stain. The knees are made to look skinned. The halo is silver in color and is a one-piece combination of the cruciform halo and the crown of thorns.
Local Name: El Señor de la
Basis for Identification: Red loincloth with large knotted sash, halo/crown of thorns, INRI plaque.
Other characteristics: The cross is
sculpted into a twisted-rope pattern, with brass end
caps. A second cross, with a sunburst circle positioned
at the crossing, is behind the crucifix.
Site: Church of Santa María de la Asunción Nochixtlán.
Media and construction: Stained wood, fabric loincloth, metal halo/crown and end caps. Hair: wig.
Size: About 7 feet (213 cm.)
Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Achiutla, Santa Ana del Valle1, Santa Ana del Valle2, Santa Ana del Valle3, Cuilapan, Etla, Guelavia, Mitla, Tamazulapan1, Tamazulapan2, Teitipac1, Teitipac2, Teitipac3, Teitipac Our Lady of the Rosary, Teotitlán1, Teotitlán2, Teposcolula1, Teposcolula2, Teposcolula3 (in Rosary case), Teposcolula Convento1, Teposcolula Convento2, Tilantongo1, Tilantongo2, Tlacolula1, Tlacolula2, Xoxocotlán1, Xoxocotlán2, Xoxocotlán3, Xoxocotlán4, Yanhuitlán1, Yanhuitlán2, Yanhuitlán Convento1, Yanhuitlán Convento2, Yanhuitlán Convento3, Yanhuitlán Convento4, Yanhuitlán Convento5, Yanhuitlán Ayuxi Chapel, Zimatlán.
Next: The statue on the left,
Our Lady of Sorrows
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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