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
The figure is barrel-chested, the ribs forming the stylized inverted U not infrequently seen in Oaxaca crucifixes. The face has a Zapotec look, elongated and triangular with close-set eyes, although there is more white than red in the complexion. The eyes are partly closed. The head is disproportionately small. Blood flows amply from the knees, the brow, and the five wounds, but it is not extreme as compared with the Christs used in Passion Week processions. The body is hollow to the tap. The gesso shows at nicks on the toes, hair, and elsewhere. The statue has lost the three middle fingers of the left hand and the index and middle fingers of the right.
Local Name: El Señor de la Misericordia.
Basis for Identification: INRI
plaque, streaming blood, gash in side.
Other characteristics: Embroidered
red loincloth and scutum.
Site: Former convento of San Pedro y
San Pablo, Teposcolula.
Location: In a stairwell in the southwest corner of the former convento (see note).
Media and construction: Paint and gesso over wood or possibly paste; painted eyes, carved hair; fabric loincloth.
Size: About 7 feet (210 cm.)
Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Achiutla, Santa Ana del Valle1, Santa Ana del Valle2, Santa Ana del Valle3, Cuilapan, Etla, Guelavia, Mitla, Nochixtlán, Tamazulapan1, Tamazulapan2, Teitipac1, Teitipac2, Teitipac3, Teitipac Our Lady of the Rosary, Teotitlán1, Teotitlán2, Teposcolula1, Teposcolula2, Teposcolula3 (in Rosary case), Teposcolula Convento1, Tilantongo1, Tilantongo2, Tlacolula1, Tlacolula2, Xoxocotlán1, Xoxocotlán2, Xoxocotlán3, Xoxocotlán4, Yanhuitlán1, Yanhuitlán2, Yanhuitlán Convento1, Yanhuitlán Convento2, Yanhuitlán Convento3, Yanhuitlán Convento4, Yanhuitlán Convento5, Yanhuitlán Ayuxi Chapel, Zimatlán.A statue of an unidentified priest
Introduction to Teposcolula
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