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
The Trinity (Throne of
The Trinity (Throne of Mercy):
In the same glass case is a smaller Trinity, partly visible at the left of the picture above. The dove is missing and the crucifix simply leans against the chest of the seated Father rather than being held up by his hands. The figures seem older and more delicate than in the larger Trinity. The Father's robe has a design of green flowers and leaves on a white background.
Basis for Identification: Crucifix on a mappa mundi orb surmounted by a dove and held up by the Father, seated and in a triple tiara.
Other characteristics: INRI plaque,
green cross, green and gold robes on the Father.
Site: Church of San
Location: In a glass case in the north transept (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, cloth scutum and loincloth on the crucifix. Eyes: painted.
Size: About 3 feet (90 cm.)
the south transept, a statue
of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
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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