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.
Christ Carrying the Cross
| Christ Carrying the Cross:
The face is bloodied in streaks running from the hairline. The crown of thorns is missing. The arms seem movable and the hands are carved so as to hold the cross, but they hang at hip level in front of the body.
The three foot cross (90 cm.) rests on the right shoulder and is rather unusual: wood and gesso painted in a design of gold grape clusters and grape leaves on a green background. The four ends of the cross have four-inch (10 cm.) brass caps. The two pieces are dowel-shaped.
Other characteristics: White
gown with gold trim.
Site: Basilica of Santiago Cuilapan.
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric robe. Hair: real. Eyes: glass.
Size: About 5½
feet (165 cm.)
Above: Detail of face and design on cross (click picture for enlargement).
Next: A crucifix
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