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
| Christ Seated in the
| Christ seated in the pretorium
Local Name: El Dios de la
Basis for Identification: Seated,
blood streaming from the crown of thorns (basketweave
pattern) and from lesions on the knees, white trousers
edged in cutwork, red cape, gold-colored
tasseled lasso hanging from neck to floor
and tied in a figure-8. The left cheek rests lightly on
the left hand. The right hand is not positioned for
holding a sceptre.
Site: Church of San Pedro y San
Location: North wall of the nave, just east of the north portal (see note).Next: At the far end of the north transept we find a retablo with a number of interesting santos, the first of which is a statue of St. Michael.
Introduction to Teposcolula
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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