Place of Mud and Clay
Bristling with merlons atop its facade, corner posas and atrium walls, the dramatic hillside church at Zoquizoquipan looms like a medieval citadel above the Barranca de Metztitlan below.
Other features of interest at Zoquizoquipan are its stone crosses.
The Atrium Cross
Cut from uneven sections of squared limestone, the striking cross is mounted on a pyramidal pedestal and a cubic base embellished with corner merlons. Simply carved in bold relief, the cross departs dramatically from the regional pattern as seen at Metztitlan. Here, a variety of Passion symbols is arranged on the front of the neck and shaft, although the ordering of the imagery is unorthodox.
The ideosyncratic iconography of this vernacular cross suggests a date in the 17th century or later.
The Gable CrossA smaller cross, now mounted atop the church gable, is much more in the regional style, similar to the one above the north doorway at Metztitlan. It sports a prominent knotted Crown of Thorns motif at the axis, with reliefs of outsized, dripping Wounds protruding from the arms and shaft.
A partial INRI scroll angles across the head of the cross which rests on an alfiz like pedestal with a frieze of poma reliefs.
text © 2013 Richard D. Perry. color images by the author and courtesy of Niccolò Brooker
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