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:
| Saint Paul:
The figure has been completed repainted by a professional, but not restored, and the gleam of the original polychrome can be seen through the new paint. Cloth can be seen at the edge of the left sleeve. The tops of the left pinky and ring finger are gone. On the right hand, the top two joints of the pinky are missing.
The statue wears a green robe and a red mantle. It has a round beaten metal halo of a gold color. Medallions and chains have been hung from the hands. A long, painted sword has been tied to the right wrist a painted wooden book has been tied to the left hand.
Local Name: San Pablo.
Basis for Identification: Sword in the right hand, book in the left.
Other characteristics: Black
hair and beard.
Site: Church of San Pablo Huitzo.
Media and construction: Repainted polychrome. Eyes: painted.
Size: About 4 feet (120 cm.)
Moving along to past the second rib, a statue of 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.
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