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 Santa Ana del Valle:
Local Name: El Santo
Basis for Identification: Standing in a purple robe, wearing the crown of thorns, lines of blood on the face.
Other characteristics: Hands tied together by a rope hanging from the neck.
Site: Church of Santa Ana del Valle.
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garment. Eyes: glass, with lashes. Hair: wig.
Size: About 5 feet (150 cm.)
the east end of the south wall is a particularly
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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