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:
Christ: Ecce Homo
Our Lady of Sorrows
Our Lady of Sorrows (Soledad)
St. Anne (1)
St. Anne (2)
St. Anne (3)
St. Peter of Verona (Peter Martyr)
Palm Sunday Christ
Palm Sunday Christ:
Basis for Identification: On ass, right hand extended in salutation, left holding rein, gold-colored cruciform halo.
Site: Church of Santa Ana del Valle.
Location: Right end of the altar at the east end of the south wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint. Eyes: glass eyes.
Size: About 3 feet (90 cm.) from the figure's head to the ass's foot.
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.