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
Lady of Sorrows
Lady of Sorrows:
This statue is in good condition, but the skin of the face, hands, and feet has changed color to an unfortunate gray-green tinge, usually a sign that the paint is from the 16th century.
Basis for Identification: The prominent red heart is associated with Immaculate Heart of Mary figures, but the statue is otherwise in the tradition of Our Lady of Sorrows, with the upcast sorrowful gaze, the sunburst halo, and the mantle covering all of the head except the face.
Site: Church of San Lorenzo Zimatlán.
Media and construction: Eyes: glass.
Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Achiutla, Santa Ana del Valle, Coixtlahuaca, Cuilapan1, Cuilapan2, Ejutla, Mitla, Nochixtlán, Ocotlán, Díaz Ordaz, Tamazulapan, Teitipac, Teotitlán, Teposcolula (in Calvary group), Tlacolula, Xoxocotlán, Yanhuitlán (?).
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