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
|St. John the Baptist
Saint John the Baptist:
Local Name: San Juanito.
Basis for Identification: Book and lamb on left hand, banner in right hand, wearing animal skins only.
Site: Church of San
Location: Along the south wall of the nave, left of the fresco of St. John's head (see note).
Media and construction: Wood,
gesso, paint, fabric banner tied to an unfinished stick
of wood. Eyes: painted.
Size: About 1½
feet (45 cm.)
Nearby, a statue of
the severed head of John the Baptist
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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