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 Nochixtlán:

Calvary Group
Our Lady of Sorrows
Unidentified Female (Mary Magdalene?)

Other Santos in Santa María de la Asunción Nochixtlán

Christ in the Purple Cloak

Location: fourth bay of the north wall of the nave.

Size: About 5½ feet (165 cm.)

Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Ejutla, Etla (in the Soldedad Group), Etla2, Mitla, Tamazulapan, Teitipac1, Teitipac2, Teitipac3, Teotitlán, Teposcolula, Tilantongo, Tlacolula, Xoxocotlán.

External Links:
The episode of the purple robe is in John 19:1-5.
Wikimedia Commons: Statues of Ecce Homo.

Virgin Mary

A spike rises from the skull, presumably to hold a halo. There is no halo now. There is a brown pattern on the gold garments. The skin has a high sheen.

Basis for Identification: White wimple and bib, gold mantle and robe, handkerchief between hands.

Location: In a glass case on an altar in the second bay of the north wall of the nave.

Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint fabric garments. Eyes: glass, with painted lashes. Closed mouth.

Size: About 4¼ feet (130 cm.)

Previous santo

Introduction to Nochixtlan