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 Santo
carrying the Cross
Tour of the Ayuxi Chapel
Our Lady of Sorrows
| The Virgin Mary
Basis for Identification: The
sunburst halo, upcast eyes, and sad expression are all
attributes of Our Lady of Sorrows. However, the hands
are not closed in prayer.
Site: Church of Santo Domingo Yanhuitlán.
Location: In a glass case on a shelf at the end of the west wall of the chapel off the east end of the south nave (see note).
Comparable santos in Oaxaca (Our
Lady of Sorrows): Achiutla,
Santa Ana del
Ejutla, Mitla, Nochixtlán,
(in Calvary group), Tlacolula,
Introduction to the church at Yanhuitlán
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 photo shown here is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. You are free to share or remix it on two conditions: first, that you attribute it to the photographers, Claire and Richard Stracke, without implying any approval of your work on their part; second, that if you alter, transform, or build upon this photo, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.