4 July 2000
A CARVED IVORY FIGURE OF THE VIRGIN IMMACULATE
GOANESE, 18TH CENTURY
On an integrally carved ivory base decorated in relief with the crescent moon and serpent on a cloud filled with cherubim.
Hands lacking; other very minor losses; minor cracks.
7 in. (17.9 cm.) high
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Lisbon, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, A Expansao Portuguesa e a Arte do Marfim, 25 Jun. - 15 Sept. 1991, no. 91, p.58.
Although this figure is very European in feeling, a comparison with a figure on loan to an exhibition of ivories in Portugal suggests a Goanese origin for this type (see Lisbon, loc. cit., no. 91).
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