As a follow up to our post on the city of Oaxaca, we look at a selection of colonial baptismal and holy water fonts found in regional churches across Oaxaca.
|Tiltepec, painted pila|
|Yanhuitlan, baptismal font (Charlotte Ekland)|
|Zegache, holy water pila|
One of the more dramatic examples is this composite "angel" font at Santa Ana Zegache, one of a pair of holy water basins near the entrance incorporating serpentine foliated pedestals.
The true baptismal font in the body of the church is older, boldly carved with foliage and winged angel heads.
|Zegache, baptismal font|
Ornate angel heads and intricate stylized foliage also decorate this monolithic baptismal font from Cuilapan, another important Dominican priory just outside the city of Oaxaca.
Finally, we show a group of more modestly carved examples from lesser known regional churches.