light brown patina; standing man holding an infant in the crook of his PL arm, seated on a book; man has hair cut in a tonsure hairstyle

Saint Anthony of Padua, 17th-18th century

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The province of Goa in western India was under Portuguese control from 1512–1961, forming a nexus in trading routes that circumnavigated the earth. Goan craftsman were renowned for their supple modeling of ivory (likely exported from Mozambique) into Christian icons, which feed the appetite for luxury products in Europe, as well as furthered evangelical missions throughout Asia and the Americas. Within the genre of Indo-Portuguese ivories, popular subjects include ‘Christ as the Good Shepard’ (the image of Christ as child would have related to similar bronze statuettes of the God Krishna) and the ‘Virgin of the Immaculate Conception,’ which shows Mary atop a crescent moon, both of which remain ever-present icons in South Asia’s diverse religious landscape.

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Title
Saint Anthony of Padua
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2019.10.7
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light brown patina; standing man holding an infant in the crook of his PL arm, seated on a book; man has hair cut in a tonsure hairstyle