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 Santiago Tilantongo:

Christ: Ecce Homo
Christ seated in the pretorium
Crucifix 1
Crucifix 2
Holy Week Group (3 santos)
Our Lady of Sorrows (Soledad)
St. James as Moor-slayer 1
St. James as Moor-slayer 2
St. James as Moor-slayer 3
St. James as pilgrim
St. Sebastian
Virgin Mary 1
Virgin Mary 2

St. James as Moor-Slayer

Saint James as Moor-slayer

Local Name: Santiago Matamoros.

Basis for Identification: Rearing horse, helmet, right hand held as if for a sword.

Other characteristics: Plume on helmet. Shield hanging from horse's neck.

Site: Church of Santiago Tilantongo.

Location: Along the west wall of the south section of the transept (see note).

Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Cuilapan, Tilantongo2, Tilantongo3.

External Links:
Wikimedia Commons: Statues of Santiago Matamoros in Mexico
Wikipedia: Saint James the Moor-slayer
Christian Iconography: St. James the Greater, Apostle

Next: In the first bay of the south wall, a statue of Christ

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Introduction to Tilantongo

Santos Home Page

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. The "transept" is the part of the building that crosses the nave so that the whole building has the shape of a cross.

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