Friday, May 27, 2016

Yucatán then and now: Yaxcabá

Some time ago we looked at images of the restored altarpieces at Yaxcabá.  Recently we reviewed some of our much earlier pictures, taken in the 1980s before conservation work started, and show here some of our favorite shots from that time and place:
Cemetery gateway, dated 1789, and roofless chapel

thatched village well house, or noria
old side altar with hats (before restoration)
wooden relief of St Francis receiving the Stigmata  (from main altarpiece before restoration)
after restoration
draped cross Yucatan style with carved head
Black Christ with worshippers
16th century baptismal font with carved knotted cord and statue of John the Baptist

Maya altar boys
text © 2016 Richard D. Perry.  images by the author and Rosalind Perry
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1 comment:

  1. It's such a shame that the murals weren't recognized a few hundred years ago as treasures and somehow secured. Some restorations are wonderful while others make me wish no one had redone them. At least some those still being recovered (as in the Cathedral in Cuernavaca)are receiving great care and protection.