Jesus at the Pillar

Wood, gesso, paint; glass eyes, indications of formed eyelashes, bald; tongue, six sculpted teeth; painted wood pillar and stand.
Church of San Juan Bautista, Coixtlahuaca, Oaxaca, Mexico

This statue is quite different from Huitzo's more sedate Jesus at the Pillar. There is a good deal more blood. The figure has fallen down and is held up by a rope tied to the pillar's top. The lesions at the knees, elbows, and shins are remarkably large and deep, showing muscle below. The crown of thorns is in an unusual, more perpendicular variation of the basketweave pattern common in Oaxaca. The right hand has lost the pinkie and index fingers; the left index finger has been repaired.

More of the Passion

Photographed at the church by Claire and Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.