Infant Jesus Saviour of the World

Unknown18th century

Museum Of Christian Art, Goa

Museum Of Christian Art, Goa
Old Goa, India

This image of Infant Jesus Saviour of the World shows two independent styles– one purely European (the Infant) and the other Indo-Portuguese (the base) – that merge harmoniously. The Infant has European characteristics, which include its anatomical form and technical details such as the use of silver-plated tin and the flesh tints on the body. The image’s base comprises a globe on a silver-clad wood base supported on gored and flattened feet. The Goan goldsmith intervened on it using Indo-Portuguese ornamentation, i.e. adding local elements that are evident in the way he treats the serpent with overlapping scales wrapped around the sphere, and the water-leafed plant forms, shell designs and pointed lozenges. Nagas stand out on the already Indianized piece. The gold-embroidered velvet gown was made in India where the art of gold thread embroidery (zardozi) was practiced to a high degree of perfection.


  • Title: Infant Jesus Saviour of the World
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 18th century
  • Physical Dimensions: 64 x 22 x 17 cm
  • Provenance: Old Goa, Basilica of Bom Jesus
  • Medium: Sculpture, Silver on wood sculpture; gold embroidered velvet

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