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
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
Unidentified saint

Other santos not photographed

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.

Location: North wall of the nave, between the the narthex and the first rib, a few feet left of the Santo Nazareño (see note).

Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Diaz Ordaz, Santa Ana del Valle, Tamazulapan, Teitipac, Teotitlán, Tlacolula, Xoxocotlán Yanhuitlán 1, Yanhuitlán 2. 

External Links:
Wikimedia Commons: Throne of Mercy in Mexico
Catholic Encyclopedia: The Blessed Trinity
Wikipedia: Trinity
Christian Iconography:
The Trinity

Next: Just to the right of this Trinity, an "Ecce Homo" santo

Previous santo

Introduction to San Pablo Mitla

Santos Home Page

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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