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
| Resurrected Christ:
The figure is of one piece with its thick wooden base. The gesso is very thin; the wood shows through at the heel of the right hand and at the toes. The carved beard is full, and there is no evidence of any carved hair under the wig, which is light brown.
Basis for Identification: Right hand raised in blessing, floor-length cross in left hand with vexillum hanging from it, no blood.
Other characteristics: White robe, red cape.
Site: Church of Santa María
de la Natividad (Preciosa Sangre de Cristo),
Teotitlán del Valle.
Location: On a small altar to the right of the second large altar along the north wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood,
gesso, paint, fabric garments, wooden
staff. Eyes: glass. Hair: wig. Closed
Size: About 3¼
feet (100 cm.)
Moving now to the end of the north wall, we find a statue of the Trinity.
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.