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
Virgin and Child

Virgin and Child:
The child is held awkwardly in the left arm and is disproportionately small; only its head can be seen. The right hand holds what appears to be a golden ball. A large pendant hangs from the neck. The shape of the figure is conical, perhaps suggesting frame construction. A neon ring light hangs above the figure from the ceiling of the glass case.

Basis for Identification: Blue mantle over white gown, baby in arms, full crown.

Site: Church of San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca.

Location: In a glass case on the altar in the third bay of the north wall of the nave (see note).

Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Coixtlahuaca2, Cuilapan, Guelavia, Huitzo, Díaz Ordaz1, Díaz Ordaz2, Zimatlán.

External Links:
Wikimedia Commons: Statues of Virgin Mary in Mexico
Christian Iconography: The Virgin and Child

Next: In this same bay, a statue 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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