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
Our Lady of Sorrows
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The carved hair spills out of the veil in heavy locks onto the breast. The artist has used gold lavishly and to good effect in the full-length veil, which has a design of flowers and grapevines. The figure wears a large silver diadem and a silver heart pierced by a dagger with the curved handle of a Spanish short sword. These seem to have been added. Very fine work, especially in the natural skin tones and the delicate suggestions of skeletal structure at and below the chin.
Local Name: La Madre de los Dolores.
Basis for Identification: Praying hands, eyes cast upward, silver diadem, silver heart pierced by a dagger.
Site: Church of the Assumption, Tlacolula.
Location: Left of the crucifix on the main altar in the Chapel.
Media and construction: Polychrome. Eyes: glass. Hair: carved.
Size: About 5½
feet (165 cm.)
Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Achiutla,
Santa Ana del
Ejutla, Mitla, Nochixtlán,
(in Calvary group), Xoxocotlán, Yanhuitlán (?), Zimatlán.
Introduction to Tlacolula
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