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.
Sacred Heart of Jesus
| Sacred Heart of Jesus:
The color tones of the skin suggest that this is a more recent example. Unlike plaster Sacred Hearts, the figure does not point to the heart; the hands hang palm-forward at the thigh. The scepter is tied into his right hand. The hands are dull and have a have a rubbery look.
Local Name: El Sagrado
Corazón de Jesús
Basis for Identification: Heart on chest, full golden crown, scepter with detailed globe.
Other characteristics: White
robe, gold sash, red cape. The palms of the hands are
half-covered by the cuffs of the robe, so one cannot
tell whether they have the marks of the nails of the
Crucifixion, as Sacred Heart images often do.
Site: Basilica of Santiago Cuilapan.
Location: In a glass case in the third bay of the north wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments, metal crown and scepter, metal heart. Hair: polyester wig. Eyes: glass, with eyelashes. Closed mouth.
Size: About 5½
feet (165 cm.)
Moving to the right of the main altar, we shall examine
a statue of St. James
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.
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