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 Santo Domingo
Group: Crucifix and St. John
Calvary Group: Our Lady of
Our Lady of Sorrows:
The statue is one with its wooden base. There is what appears to be worm damage to the right foot and the hem of the robe. The robe and mantle have been partly repainted, but the original red, gold, and blue polychrome can still be seen.
Local Name: La Madre de los Dolores.
Basis for Identification: Eyes cast heavenward, heart transfixed by a short sword, golden sunburst diadem.
Site: Church of Santo Domingo Ocotlán.
Location: Calvary grouping at the south end of the chapel of El Señor de la Sacristía. (see note).
Media and construction: Polychrome, metal sword. Eyes: glass. Hair: sculpted hair. Closed mouth.
Size: Life size.
Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Achiutla,
Santa Ana del
Ejutla, Mitla, Nochixtlán,
(in Calvary group), Tlacolula,
Xoxocotlán, Yanhuitlán (?), Zimatlán.
Seated at the foot of the cross in this Calvary Group, a
statue of St. Mary
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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