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
Cell with Two Crucifixes
and Two Unidentified Saints
| Cell with two crucifixes and two unidentified
Considering the lack of INRI plaques, the shapes of the beards, and the contortions of the bodies, we take the crucified figures to be the two thieves who were executed along with Christ. Neither figure has a gash in the right side nor any evidence of having worn the crown of thorns.
Site: Former convento of San Pedro y
San Pablo, Teposcolula.
Location: The second room south along the west wall of the ex-convento (see note).
Media and construction: The santo on the right is polychrome.cell with three santos
Introduction to Teposcolula
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.) In the case of the former convento at Teposcolula, directional references align with those of the Teposcolula church. Actual orientations may differ.
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