This exhibit presents examples of ecclesiastical ivory pieces from the Portuguese colony of Macau in Southeastern China and Goa in India that landed on Philippine shores. Great attention to detail may be observed among these pieces; in the delicate countenances, in the intricate lacework on the hems of the garments, and in the miniaturist attitude in rendering contextual or auxiliary elements.
Portuguese Macau and Goa produced beautifully crafted Christian pieces that still reflect the Asian artistic identity (Estella, 1972). Both of these aforementioned regions have ivory carving traditions predating Christianity, acknowledged for their significant contributions to colonial art in ivory.
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House of the Hungarian Academy of Science, 1972.
Gatbonton, Esperanza. Philppine Religious Carvings in Ivory. Manila: Intramuros
Jose, Regalado. Images of Faith: Religious Ivory Carvings from the Philippines. Pasadena:
Pacific Asia Museum, 1990.