For our final post on Aculco we look at several local examples, some dating back to early colonial times:
|Aculco: gable cross|
The cross perched atop the church gable is plainly carved, with button finials and an INRI plaque.
Supported by angels on clouds, this plain cross is carved into the keystone of the arched west doorway of the church. What may be a tiny, mask like Face of Christ is carved at the crossing.
Now located in the churchyard of El Santuario del Señor de Nenthé, a barrio of Aculco, this classic atrial cross is the oldest and most elaborately carved of the local crosses and probably dates to the 16th century.
Numerous Passion symbols include the Cockerel and Column, stylized Wounds, and a Skull and Bones at the foot. What may be an eroded Face of Christ occupies the axis.
text © 2012 Richard D Perry. photography by Richard Perry and Niccolo Brooker