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 Santa María de
la Natividad Zaachila:
The Immaculate Heart of Mary
| Immaculate Heart of Mary:
The heart is on a gold sunburst and is held to the chest by two golden ropes. The fall of light from the hands is represented by collapsed gold fans which hang from the back of the wrists. The skin has an artificial look.
Local Name: La Virgen del Sagrado
Basis for Identification: Large red heart at breast, streams of light coming from hands, white robe and mantilla, blue cape, sun-burst diadem
Other characteristics: Ear-rings.
Site: Church of Santa María de la Natividad Zaachila.
Location: East end of the south wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint. Eyes: glass. Hair: wig.
Size: About 4½ feet (135 cm.)
Introduction to Santa María Zaachila
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.) Actual orientations may differ.
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