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:

Christ carrying the Cross
Christ: Ecce Homo (1)
Christ: Ecce Homo (2)
Christ in a coffin
Christ in the Pretorium ("Pensive Christ") 1
Christ in the Pretorium ("Pensive Christ") 2
Christ resurrected
Crucifix (1)
Crucifix (2)
Crucifix (3)
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Our Lady of Candlemas
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Our Lady of Sorrows
Our Lady of Sorrows (Soledad)
Our Lady of the Assumption
Our Lady of the Rosary (1)
Our Lady of the Rosary (2)
Palm Sunday Christ
St. Anthony of Padua
St. Benedict
St. Hyacinth
St. Isidore the Laborer
St. John the Baptist (1)

St. John the Baptist (2)
St. John the Baptist, head of
St. Joseph
St. Nicholas Factor
St. Peter Avril
St. Peter the Apostle (1)
St. Peter the Apostle (2)
St. Simon Stock
Unidentified saint

Other santos not photographed

St. Simon Stock

Saint Simon Stock:
Sr. Lopez says the statue is dedicated to the Virgen of Carmen because St. Simon Estoc wore her scapular during a drought and was rewarded with a great rain. The people today still pray to the Carmen for rain. The habit is oversized. The gesso has chipped away from the hair and from several areas of the face. The paint is coarse, the skin dark.

Local Name: San Simón Estoc.

Basis for Identification: Identified by Sr. Lopez. Brown habit with brown hood and gold cord, tonsure, Christ child in left arm wearing brown habit, scapular hanging from child's hand.

Site: Church of San Juan Teitipac.

Location: An altar along the north wall of the nave, to the viewer's left of St. Anthony (see note).

Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric robes. Eyes: glass.

Size: Under 2 feet (60 cm.)

Comparable santos in Oaxaca: We did not see any.

External Links:
Wikimedia Commons: Saint Simon Stock
Catholic Encyclopedia: St. Simon Stock
Wikipedia: Simon Stock
Christian Iconography: Saint Simon Stock

Next: To the right of this santo, a statue of St. Anthony of Padua

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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.

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