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 Teotitlán del
|Our Lady of Sorrows
| Our Lady of Sorrows
The diadem has lost one of its ten stars. The paint of the face and hands has mottled. Unlike some Oaxaca statues of the Our Lady of Sorrows, this one has no tears.
Local Name: La Madre de los Dolores.
Basis for Identification: Hands
clasped in prayer, eyes cast upward, mature face,
sunburst diadem, blue robe.
Other characteristics: Purple mantle.
Site: Church of Santa María
de la Natividad (Preciosa Sangre de Cristo),
Teotitlán del Valle.
Location: Left end of the retablo of the first large altar along the south wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric clothing, tin or silver diadem. Eyes: glass.
Size: About 3½
feet (105 cm.)
Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Achiutla,
Santa Ana del
Ejutla, Mitla, Nochixtlán,
(in Calvary group), Tlacolula,
Xoxocotlán, Yanhuitlán (?), Zimatlán.
the center of the retablo of this altar, a crucifix.
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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