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.
Our Lady of Sorrows
| Our Lady of Sorrows:
The sculpted feet are visible at the hem. The custodian reports that the entire statue is flesh colored beneath the clothing. The mantle and wimple are pinned together tightly so as to reveal only the Virgin's face and bald forehead. The hands hold a white handkerchief. Pain and sorrow are strongly expressed in the face. The skin is very finely done and has a life-like sheen, though in some places it has been banged away, revealing the gesso and a dark pattern in gold and red.
Local Name: La Madre de los Dolores.
Basis for Identification: Eyes
cast up, praying hands, sunburst diadem.
Other characteristics: Beige mantle, white wimple and handkerchief.
Site: Church of Santa María de la Asunción Nochixtlán.
Location: Left of the crucifix in the Calvary Group.
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments. Eyes: glass, with no lashes. Hair: bald. Sculpted teeth with a suggestion of a tongue.
Size: About 5 feet (150 cm.)
Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Achiutla,
Santa Ana del
Ejutla, Mitla, Ocotlán, Díaz
(in Calvary group), Tlacolula,
Xoxocotlán, Yanhuitlán (?), Zimatlán.
Next: The statue on the right
in the Calvary Group
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