This section from an Indian-inspired altar frontal shows two roebuck and a stag, a palm tree, bushes with berries and camelias in the background, and two lateral trees. This apparently purely decorative exotic iconography has a clearly symbolic purpose that justifies its place on a Catholic altar. Specifically, the palm leaf can be seen as a symbol of Christ's immortality and triumph.


  • Title: Altar frontal
  • Date Created: 1650
  • Physical Location: MNAz, Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 55.5 cm x 83.5 cm
  • Provenance: Unknown
  • Medium: Polychrome faience

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