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 Santo
carrying the Cross
Tour of the Ayuxi Chapel
Christ Seated in the
Pretorium ("Pensive Christ")
| Christ seated in the Pretorium ("Pensive Christ"):
The long face has a Chinese cast to the eyes. It would seem that the hands and the left foot have been recast. They are proportional, but have none of the details and delicacy of construction that does the rest of the figure. The figure wears pantaloons of ribboned lace which may hide a polychrome loincloth. The left hand seems to be made to hold a staff, but it is empty.
The figure sits on a very simple wooden block. Cushions have been placed under the feet.
Local Name: El Dios de la
Basis for Identification: Seated
in lace trousers and red velvet cape.
Crown of thorns, streaming blood, head
resting on right hand. Around the neck a tasseled cord,
knotted at mid-torso.
Site: Church of Santo Domingo Yanhuitlán.
Location: On a rough wooden step, on a pillar to the right of the entry into the chapel off the east end of the south nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments (velvet cape). Eyes: glass. Hair: wig. Closed mouth.statue of St. Michael the Archangel
Introduction to the church at Yanhuitlán
Note: On this site, 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 walls of the nave on the north and south. (The nave is the long central section.) Actual orientations may differ.
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