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 Miguel Ejutla:
Virgin Mary in a Coffin (Our Lady of the
| Virgin Mary in a Coffin:
Lying on a blue satin quilt and lace pillow, eyes closed as in death.
Local Name: La Virgen de la
Basis for Identification: We identify this as La Virgen de la Asunción: a similar Virgin was so identified in Paterna, Valencia, Spain.
Site: Church of San Miguel Ejutla.
Media and construction: Wood, gesso paint. Lace and satin garments.
Size: Life size.
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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