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
Immaculate Heart of
Immaculate Heart of Mary:
Local Name: The name Corazón de María was supplied by Sr. Lopez.
Basis for Identification: White bridal gown with heart on chest.
Other characteristics: American and
Mexican bank notes pinned to the bodice.
Site: Church of San
Location: South transept (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric clothing. Eyes: glass, with lashes. Hair: wig.
Size: Life size.
Moving to the south wall of the nave, we find a statue of our Lady of
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. Many churches are built in the shape of a cross; the transept is the area corresponding to the horizontal arms of an actual cross.
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