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 Teotitlán del
St. Mary Magdalene
| Saint Mary Magdalene:
The face and hands lack detailing and have a rubbery look. There has been some discoloration to the fingers and the back of the left hand, and the right pinkie is broken. This may be a frame-type statue.
Local Name: La Santa Magdalena.
Basis for Identification: Long,
golden hair; halo; upcast eyes; hands crossed at wrists
Other characteristics: Purple robe, gold cape.
Site: Church of Santa María
de la Natividad (Preciosa Sangre de Cristo),
Teotitlán del Valle.
Location: In a showcase (without glass) on the first of the two altars along the south wall of the narthex (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint. Eyes: glass eyes. Hair: wig. Sculpted teeth.
Size: Life size.
in the narthex, a Palm Sunday Christ
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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