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 the church of Santa
Elena de la Cruz, Xoxocotlán
| Saint Helena:
The cross is floor length, taller than the figure, carved and gilded. The short tunic is shaped like a breastplate. The hem of the tunic has a crenelated cut, also suggestive of armor. The long skirt of the polychrome robe has a flower pattern; the sleeves are long and tight.
Local Name: Santa Elena de la Cruz.
Basis for Identification: Holding a large cross with the right hand.
Other characteristics: A tunic over
Site: Church of Santa Elena de la Cruz, Xoxocotlán.
Location: Center niche in the retablo of the main altar.
Media and construction: Polychrome, fabric veil and mantle. Hair: wig.
Size: Less than 5 feet (<150 cm.)
Comparable santos in Oaxaca: We
Introduction to Xoxocotlán
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