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 Juan Teitipac:
carrying the Cross
|Our Lady of Candlemas
Our Lady of Candlemas:
Local Name: La Virgen del
Basis for Identification: Full
crown, crowned Christ child in the left arm, a small
scepter (or candlestick?) in the right hand.
Other characteristics: A white dress and red cape on the adult, a blue robe on the child.
Site: Church of San
Location: In a glass case on an altar along the south wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, metal crowns. Eyes: glass. Hair: wigs. Closed mouth.
Size: Life size.
Comparable santo in Oaxaca: Santa Ana del
the same altar, a statue
of Christ seated in the pretorium
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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