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 Sorrows
| Our Lady of Sorrows:
One cannot tell whether there is hair beneath the mantle. The face has a beautiful sheen. The hands are well detailed and also have some sheen. They are separately constructed and attached to the arms.
Local Name: La Madre de los Dolores.
Basis for Identification: Purple mantle clasped at the chin to cover all the head except the face, sunburst diadem, praying hands, upturned gaze.
Site: Church of San Pablo Huitzo.
Location: On a shelf in the south wall of the nave between the second rib and the entryway (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint. Eyes: glass eyes. Sculpted teeth.
Size: About 2 3/4
feet (84 cm.)
Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Achiutla,
Santa Ana del
(in Calvary group), Tlacolula,
Xoxocotlán, Yanhuitlán (?), Zimatlán.
the right of this statue, we find one of the Immaculate
Heart of Mary.
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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