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 San Juan Teitipac:
carrying the Cross
Our Lady of the Rosary
Our Lady of the Rosary:
Local Name: La Virgen del Rosario.
Basis for Identification: Full
crown, rosary, child in arms with full crown and white
Other characteristics: Stalk of
lilies in the child's right hand. Brown and yellow
patterned sash around the Virgin's waist. An ex-voto
dollar bill held against the sash by a white cincture
edged in gold. A crucifix leans against the case (INRI
plaque, loincloth and scutum, blood flows, sunburst
halo, round dowels with brass ends and some brass
Site: Church of San
Location: In a glass case on the altar at the north end of the transept (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric robes. Eyes: glass, no lashes. Hair: wigs.
Size: About 4½
feet (135 cm.)
the east side of the transept, a statue of St. Peter
Note: On this site, 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 walls of the nave on the north and south. (The nave is the long central section.) Actual orientations may differ. Many churches are built in the shape of a cross; the transept is the area corresponding to the horizontal arms of an actual cross.
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