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:
Immaculate Heart of Mary
| Immaculate Heart of Mary:
The figure has two diadems for crowns. There is a beautiful sheen to the face and hands. Where the left pinkie has broken one can see the wood beneath; we could not make out any gesso at the break. The hands are separately constructed and attached to the arms.
Local Name: Corazón de
Basis for Identification: Sunburst diadems, heart in sunburst on chest.
Other characteristics: Lace veil, pink dress, praying hands holding a pink bouquet.
Site: Church of San Pablo Huitzo.
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments, metal diadems and sunburst. Eyes: glass. Hair: wig.
Size: About 4½ feet (135 cm.)
the right of this, a statue
of St. Joseph
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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