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Indo-Portugese Madonna

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17th/18th century carved ivory figure of Our Lady of the Conception.

Typically for this type of work, the Madonna is depicted in deeply pleated attire, sari-like with a beaded edge, her hands together as in prayer. Mary stands on a crescent moon which in turn is mounted onto a semi-sphere representative of the world. Coming from the Portuguese Colony of Goa, these ivories could be exported directly to Spain or Portugal, whilst other examples are thought to have made their way to wider Europe via Mexico and the Philippines, often entering aristocratic collections and European cabinets of curiosities as curios and collector’s pieces.

With a  good patina, honey-coloured, especially to the reverse; a tiny chip to the top of the figures smallest fingers.

h:6 3/8 in 

 

Item Code: 3828

£ 1850

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