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
|Head of St. John the
Head of Saint John the Baptist:
Local Name: La Degollación de
San Juan Bautista.
Basis for Identification: Severed head in a bowl, halo.
Site: Church of San
Location: In a glass case on a white painted shelf on the south wall of the nave, above and to the left of the fresco of St. John's head (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, tin halo. Eyes: glass, with lashes. Hair: sculpted hair. Sculpted teeth.
Size: Life size.
Comparable santos in Oaxaca: We
found no other severed-head statues. For other statues
of the saint, see Achiutla,
Tamazulapan (as child), Teitipac (life
size), Teitipac (San
Next: A statue of Christ as on
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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