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

Angels
Christ: Ecce Homo
Crucifix 1
Crucifix 2
Crucifix 3
Crucifix 4
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Our Lady of  Sorrows
Our Lady of Sorrows (Soledad)
Our Lady of the Rosary 1 and 2
St. Mary Magdalene: see Our Lady of Sorrows
St. Helena
St. John: see Our Lady of Sorrows
St. Sebastian: see Our Lady of the Rosary
St. Therese of Lisieux
Trinity
Unidentified saint

Other santos not photographed

Ecce Homo

Ecce Homo:
The hands are highly detailed, showing the musculature and tendons. They are tied at the wrist with a long, golden cord. The robes are of rich red and gold brocade.

Local Name: El Santo Nazareño.

Basis for Identification: Standing Christ, hands tied together, red robe.

Site: Church of Santa Elena de la Cruz, Xoxocotlán.

Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments. Hair: wig.

Size: Life size.

Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Ejutla, Etla (in the Soldedad Group), Etla2, Mitla, Santa Ana del Valle, Tamazulapan, Teitipac1, Teitipac2, Teitipac3, Teotitlán, Teposcolula, Tilantongo, Tlacolula.

External Links:
The episode is in John 19:1-5.
Wikimedia Commons: Statues of Ecce Homo.

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