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
St. Peter the Apostle
| St. Peter the Apostle
The fabric of the chasuble is woven with symbols of the Trinity. This same fabric appears in blue on the trousers of Santiago at Cuilapan and in red on the other Teotitlán San Pedro. The hands are badly damaged, and the keys and cross are tied onto them. The crown is held on by a yellow ribbon at the chin. A heavy knot between the eyes and a sad downward turn of the mouth make the face seem pained. The tips of the crosspieces on the triple cross are painted silver.
Local Name: San Pedro
Basis for Identification: Triple crown, keys in right hand, triple cross in left, short beard.
Other characteristics: Mature face, purple chasuble.
Site: Church of Santa María
de la Natividad (Preciosa Sangre de Cristo),
Teotitlán del Valle.
Location: On a small altar left of the first large altar along the south wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, paper crown, fabric garments. Eyes: glass, with some eyelashes remaining. Hair: carved. Sculpted teeth, some missing.
Size: About 5 feet (150 cm.)
the right, a statue of
Our Lady of Sorrows
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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