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 Mitla:
Our Lady of the Assumption
| Our Lady of the Assumption:
The face has a fine sheen and beautiful sculpted eyes with thick lashes. The lips are red and well formed. The thick edges of the robe and cape, and a reticence in the way the folds fall, suggest that the garments are carved from the wood rather than formed from stiffened cloth.
Local Name: La Virgen de la
Basis for Identification: Standing
on horned moon, praying hands, upward gaze.
Site: Church of San Pablo Huitzo.
Location: Right third of the retablo of the main altar.
Media and construction: Polychrome. Eyes: painted, with lashes. Hair: carved hair.
Size: About 3 feet (90 cm.)
Moving over to the south wall of the nave we find a statue of the "Soledad"
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