San Isidro Labrador (St. Isidore the Laborer)

Wood, gesso, paint; fabric cape; painted eyes. Approximately 3 feet, 3 inches tall (99 cm.).
Church of San Juan Teitipac Teitipac, Oaxaca, Mexico

San Isidro Labrador is identified by the hat, team of oxen, angel, water gourd, basket, and goad. In a blue cape with gold fringe he drives a team of four white oxen, which are disproportionately small. A red ox stands beside the team, and an 18 inch (46 cm.) angel stands behind the figure and to its left. According to our informant in 1991 in Teitipac, The oxen figures are given as gifts to the church by the mayordomías on San Isidro's feast day, May 15, at which time farmers bring their teams of oxen to be blessed.

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