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
St. Simon Stock
Saint Simon Stock:
Local Name: San Simón Estoc.
Basis for Identification: Identified by Sr. Lopez. Brown habit with brown hood and gold cord, tonsure, Christ child in left arm wearing brown habit, scapular hanging from child's hand.
Site: Church of San
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric robes. Eyes: glass.
Size: Under 2 feet (60 cm.)
Comparable santos in Oaxaca: We did
not see any.
the right of this santo, a statue of St. Anthony
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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