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 Pablo Huitzo:
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
| Our Lady of Mount Carmel:
The hands are joined to the arms at the wrists and the arms are crudely painted in blue. The feet are of a piece with the legs, but are finished only to just above the ankles. The child has ruddy, chubby cheeks and a small nose. Both have very small mouths.
Local Name: La Virgen del Carmen.
Basis for Identification: Holding Christ Child, brown robe and bib, scapulars for both figures, full crowns.
Other characteristics: White cape and white lace veil for Virgin, white lace cape for child.
Site: Church of San Pablo Huitzo.
Location: In the sanctuary, left of the main altar (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments, metal crowns with glass jewels. Eyes: glass for both, with lashes for Virgin. Hair: wig.
Size: About 4½
feet (137 cm.)
left of the altar, an
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. In Catholic churches,
the term "sanctuary" refers to the area demarcated for
the main altar.
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