La Candelaria

Traditional Mexican santo, possibly 18th century
Church of St. Anne, Santa Ana del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico
Stiffened and painted cloth over a frame construction; hands and heads of wood, gesso, paint; 3½ feet tall (106.7 cm.).

This santo was identified by a parishioner as La Candelaria. Supporting this identification are the crown, the child posed on the left arm, and the positioning of the right hand as if to hold a candle. However, the child does not have a crown, as is usual in Candelaria santos.

It is common in Oaxaca to add rosaries to any Marian santo regardless of its specific identification or use.

The Marian santo in the photograph at the foot of this santo is most likely a Soledad.

On the wall behind the statue is an inscription noting that renovation of the Virgin was done in "13 de morzo [sic] 1886" as a gift of the mayordomo Guillermo Valeriano. Presidente García-Martinez informed us that at the time of our visit no mayordomía has special charge of this statue.

See this page for another Candelaria and a discussion of the santo's name and function.

Photographed at the church by Claire and Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.