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:
| Unidentified female saint:
The right hand is held up in benediction; the left is at waist level, palm up. This seems to be a very old statue, with a long, oval face, full mouth, and very large eyes. The hands show deterioration.
Basis for Identification: Long wig, white robe, red cape.
Site: Church of San Pablo Huitzo.
Location: On an altar along the south wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Frame body. Wood, gesso, paint. Eyes: painted.
Size: Life size.
the left of the same altar, a statue of St. Michael the
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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