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
St. Therese of Lisieux
| Saint Therese of Lisieux:
The wood, gesso, and paint are visible at a break at the hem of the robe. This is a modern saint (lived 1873-1897), yet the statue is of the same construction as the early santos studied here.
Basis for Identification: Carmelite habit, roses, crucifix.
Site: Church of Santa Elena de la Cruz, Xoxocotlán.
Location: In a glass case along the north wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint.
Size: About 2 feet (60 cm.)
Comparable santos in Oaxaca: We
Introduction to Xoxocotlán
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.
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