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 Museum of Santo
| Crucifix 1:
Blood flows from the temples, the knees, and the wounds. The right ring finger and the left pinkie are missing. What appears to be a fabric is showing at the right baby toe. The crosspieces are elaborately sculpted dowels in a dark wood.
Local Name: El Señor de la
Basis for Identification: Red
loincloth, blood flowing from lesions and gash in the
Other characteristics: No INRI
plaque, no crown of thorns, no scutum.
Site: Museum of Santo Domingo Yanhuitlán.
Location: East wall of the convento museum (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric loincloth. Eyes: painted.
Size: About 9 feet (270 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, Teposcolula Convento2, Tilantongo1, Tilantongo2, Tlacolula1, Tlacolula2, Xoxocotlán1, Xoxocotlán2, Xoxocotlán3, Xoxocotlán4, Yanhuitlán1, Yanhuitlán2, Yanhuitlán Convento2, Yanhuitlán Convento3, Yanhuitlán Convento4, Yanhuitlán Convento5, Yanhuitlán Ayuxi Chapel, Zimatlán.second crucifix on the east wall
Introduction to the Museum at Yanhuitlán
Note: On this site, references to the cardinal directions in a church 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 Yanhuitlán, this schema extends the four directions to the Museum. That is, "east" means parallel to the east side of the church, "south" to the south side, etc. Actual orientations may differ.
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