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 the church of Santa
Elena de la Cruz, Xoxocotlán
|Our Lady of the Rosary
Our Lady of the Rosary group
Site: Church of Santa Elena de la Cruz, Xoxocotlán.
Center: Our Lady
of the Rosary I
This santo of Our Lady of the Rosary seems not to be of the earliest period. The frame is not of the standard cone shape but gives something of a shape to the upper torso.Basis for Identification: White robe and veil, large rosary.
Media and construction: Frame
construction. Face and hands are wood, gesso, paint.
Hair: wig. Closed mouth.
The tree has the traditional San Sebastian shape, but with brass tips where boughs end. Four arrows are still extant, piercing the figure at the left shoulder, right breast, left of the abdomen, and right inner thigh. The shoulders have a dislocated look. The skin is very shiny and seems to have been repainted recently.
Local Name: San Sebastián.
Basis for Identification: Arrows, tree, halo, loincloth, upturned gaze.
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint.
Right: Our Lady of the Rosary II
One can see the blue of the unfinished part of the left arm above the wrist.
Basis for Identification: White robe and veil, rosary.
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments. Hair: wig.Comparable santos, external links: see above
Next: Two other santos not photographed
Introduction to Xoxocotlán
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