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: San José.
Basis for Identification: Lily rod in right hand, Christ child on left, both with full silver crowns.
Site: Church of Santa Ana del Valle.
Location: In a glass case in the retablo of the central altar along the south wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Polychrome (both figures). Metal crowns. Eyes: painted.
Size: About 4½
feet (135 cm.)
Continuing right to the next altar, we find a statue of
Our Lady of Candelaria.
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.