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:

Calvary group
Christ: Ecce Homo
Christ in a coffin

Christ resurrected
Crucifix
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Our Lady of Sorrows
Our Lady of Sorrows (Soledad)
Our Lady of the Assumption (1)
Our Lady of the Assumption (2)
Palm Sunday Christ
St. Anthony of Padua
St. John the Baptist
St. Joseph (1)
St. Joseph (2)
St. Paul (1)
St. Paul (2)
St. Peter
Trinity
Unidentified saint

Other santos not photographed

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 Valle, Coixtlahuaca, Cuilapan1, Cuilapan2, EjutlaNochixtlán, Ocotlán, Díaz Ordaz, Tamazulapan, Teitipac, Teotitlán, Teposcolula (in Calvary group), Tlacolula, Xoxocotlán, Yanhuitlán (?), Zimatlán.

External Links:
Wikimedia Commons: Mater dolorosa
Wikipedia: Our Lady of Sorrows
Christian Iconography: Mater Dolorosa, The Sorrowful Mother

Next: To the right of this statue, we find one of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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Introduction to San Pablo Mitla

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Note: On this site, 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 walls of the nave on the north and south. (The nave is the long central section.) Actual orientations may differ.

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