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
| Virgin Mary:
The hands stretch forward, left palm up and right fingers curled. The youthful face is delicate and has an oriental cast with wide-set eyes. The upper lip has a fetching indentation and the mouth as a whole is subtly realistic. Beneath the white fabric cape, the simple robe is mostly gold; the black and gold mantle is caught at the waist. It has a pattern of wild flowers of various types and sizes.
Site: Church of Santa María
de la Natividad (Preciosa Sangre de Cristo),
Teotitlán del Valle.
Media and construction: Polychrome, fabric cape. Eyes: glass. Hair: wig over carved hair. Closed mouth.
Size: About 3 feet (90 cm.)
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