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:
Our Lady of Sorrows
Our Lady of Sorrows:
Local Name: La Madre de los Dolores.
Basis for Identification: Eyes
cast upward, praying hands at chest, sunburst halo. The
wimple encloses the face.
Other characteristics: Red robe with purple cape, white lace veil.
Site: Church of Santa Ana del Valle.
Location: North wall of the nave, just past the first rib (see note).
Media and construction: Frame construction. Face and hands are wood, gesso, paint. Fabric garments. Eyes: glass. Sculpted teeth, some broken.
Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Achiutla, Coixtlahuaca,
Ejutla, Mitla, Nochixtlán,
(in Calvary group), Tlacolula,
Xoxocotlán, Yanhuitlán (?), Zimatlán.
the center of the north wall we find an altar with two
notable crucifixes and a Trinity. We will look first at
the crucifix on the right.
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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