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 Santo Domingo
Group: Crucifix and St. John
Local Name: San Sebastián.
Basis for Identification: Loincloth, scutum and sash (all red), arrows in body, tied to the tree, the right hand raised high and the left hand down and away from the body.
Site: Church of Santo Domingo Ocotlán.
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric loincloth and scutum, tin or silver arrows. Eyes: glass, no lashes. Hair: sculpted hair.
Size: About 5 feet (150 cm.)
Next: Two statues of
Dominican saints on the main altar
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. Actual orientations may differ. (The nave is the long central section; the apse is the name for the area for the main altar when it is covered by a half-dome.)
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