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 San Lorenzo
carrying the Cross
Fallen with the Cross
| Christ fallen with
The figure wears a robe of purple/lavender brocade, no clothing underneath. The right hand rests on velvet-covered cushions; its fingers have lost some of their gesso and paint, apparently from being rubbed by the devout. Raised veins show on the left hand, which has painted-on blood and scrapes; several amulets have been hung from this hand. The face is rather dark. Blood flows copiously from a lesion on the left cheek and from the crown of thorns.
Basis for Identification: Cross,
crown of thorns in basketweave pattern, blood and
Site: Church of San Lorenzo Zimatlán.
Location: In the baptistery.
Media and construction: The legs are
wood, painted and gessoed. Eyes: glass, with lashes
(none missing). Hair: new wig. Sculpted teeth. Beard and
mustache: finely carved.
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