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.
San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca:
Christ at the Pillar
Christ Child (1)
Christ Child (2)
Christ Fallen with the Cross
Our Lady of Sorrows
Our Lady of Sorrows (Soledad)
Our Lady of the Rosary
St. Anthony of Padua
St. Isidore the Laborer
St. Martin de Porres + 2 angels
St. Peter of Verona (Peter Martyr)
Unidentified Dominican saint
Unidentified, possibly St. Lucy
Unidentified saint (1)
Unidentified saint (2)
Unidentified saint (3)
Virgin Mary (1)
Virgin Mary (2)
Virgin Mary (3 - in a coffin)
Santos not photographed
This statue is quite different from Huitzo's more sedate Christ at the Pillar. There is a good deal more blood. The figure has fallen down and is held up by a rope tied to the pillar's top. The lesions at the knees, elbows, and shins are remarkably large and deep, showing muscle below. The crown of thorns is in an unusual, more perpendicular variation of the basketweave pattern. The right hand has lost the pinkie and index fingers; the left index finger has been repaired.
Basis for Identification: See John
19:1-3 regarding the scourging and the crown of thorns.
The pillar is traditional but not scriptural.
Site: Church of San Juan Bautista
Location: Narthex, south of the portal (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint. Eyes: glass, with indications of formed eyelashes. Hair: bald. Tongue and six teeth are sculpted. Painted wood pillar and stand.
enter the nave and go to the first bay in the north wall
for a statue of Our
Lady of Sorrows ("Soledad").
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
of the nave on the
north and south. (The
nave is the long central section.)
Actual orientations may differ.