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:
Trinity (Throne of Mercy)
| Trinity (Throne of Mercy)
Basis for Identification: Crucifix
on a variant mappa mundi
orb surmounted by a dove
and held up by the
Father, seated and wearing a cope and a
triple tiara. (The lines on a mappa mundi orb usually form an
inverted T in the upper hemisphere; on this one, they
form a cross.)
Site: Church of San Pablo Huitzo.
to the right of this Trinity, an "Ecce Homo" santo
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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