Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Oaxaca. Tlacochahuaya: the church furnishings

Lastly, in addition to the superb altarpieces and the statue of the Trinity already mentioned at Tlacochahuaya, there are several other colonial art works of note in the church:
The paneled pulpit is decorated with stylized rosettes, thought by some to derive from the Zapotec glyph for “earthquake.” 
   It is also a rare example of "zumaque" work, a regional style of marquetry cut from and treated with native plants and woods.
   Atop the canopy is another diminutive kneeling St. Jerome, enshrined in a tabernacle.  
One of the principal treasures at Tlacochahuaya is its grandly ornate 18th century painted pipe organ. Raised in the choir loft, it has been restored to its former multi hued baroque splendor as well as to actual playing condition.
text © 2007 & 2020 Richard D. Perry
images by the author and courtesy of Felipe Falcón

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