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

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
Unidentified saint

Other santos not photographed

Unidentified Franciscan Saint

Unidentified Franciscan saint:
The head faces rigidly forward on the long neck. The ears are prominent. The face has a very pronounced blush and a high sheen. The extended hands are carefully carved and well preserved. The right hand is palm-up and could have held something; the left is thumb-up with fingers curved.

Basis for Identification: Franciscan brown habit with cape, knotted cord cincture, tonsure, halo.

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

Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint; carved garments.

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