St. Benedict

Wood, gesso, paint; cloth cap; painted eyes, no visible hair. Approximately 3 feet tall (91 cm.).
Church of San Juan Teitipac, Oaxaca, Mexico

This santo was identified as St. Benedict by Sr. Hilario Lopez at the church in 1991. The saint wears a red nightcap, black habit, and buckled black shoes.

A large aluminum Christmas star hangs from the right hand. The santo has a naive quality in the roughness of the carving and the simplicity of the facial expression. The left hand has broken off. The habit has been repainted. The statue is of one piece with the base.

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