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Statuette; ivory; St Joseph wearing long mantle, broad-brimmed hat; hair coloured black; traces of red and gilding on garments.
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Height: 32 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The object is part of a larger group.
This is an important piece which was formerly considered to be Spanish (?) but is now considered to have been made in the Phlippines for the export market. The eyes display Chinese influence, whilst the large ears resemble those found on Buddhist sculptures.Carver may have been Chinese? These pieces travelled with the Spanish Catholic missions. A comparable example is in the ranz Mayer4 Museum, Mexico City. A Mary Magdalen figure with traces of gilding was sold at Christie's Paris 15 June 2016 lot f23 where it is said that ivories from the Philippines are rare documents for the luxury trade with Manila in the 16th-17th centuries.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2015 – 2016 4 Dec – 29 May, National Museum of Singapore, ‘Treasures of the World’s Cultures’
- Right hand and left forearm, originally made separately, are lost.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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