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 Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca:

Assumption + St. Peter
Christ at the Pillar
Christ Child (1)
Christ Child (2)
Christ Fallen with the Cross
Main altar
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
Our Lady of the Rosary

Santo name:
The child and mother appear to be carved from one piece. The skin seems to have been repainted. The Virgin's robe has a long crack from waist to hem.

Local Name: La Virgen del Rosario.

Basis for Identification: Mother and child, rosaries hanging from the mother's right arm and the child's neck.

Other characteristics: Red and gold garments, gilt full crowns on both.

Site: Church of San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca.

Location: In a glass case in the center of the retablo in the second bay in the north wall of the nave, just above the Christ Child (see note).

Media and construction: Polychrome. Eyes: glass, with lashes. Hair: The Virgin has a wig over carved hair.

Size: About 4 feet (120 cm.)

Comparable santos in Oaxaca:  AchiutlaCuilapan, Teitipac1, Teitipac2Teotitlán, Teposcolula, Xoxocotlán.

External Links:
Wikimedia Commons: Statues of Our Lady of the Rosary in Mexico
Wikipedia: Our Lady of the Rosary
Christian Iconography: Our Lady of the Rosary

Next: Below the present statue is one of the Christ Child.

Previous santo

Introduction to San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca

Santos Home Page

Note: On this site, 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 walls of the nave on the north and south. (The nave is the long central section.) Actual orientations may differ.

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