Indo-Portuguese School

17th Century
Goa, India

Expiring Christ
Carved and polychrome ivory
H. 36 cm

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The figure has an oval shaped head with hair framing his face shaped in curls falling over the shoulders; it also has small half closed eyes, with coloured irises under pronounced arches and polychrome eyebrows. Straight nosed, his mouth is half open beneath a moustache of fine lines that merges into a pointed beard; all coloured in the same dark brown as the hair and the eyebrows.

His anatomy is correct; the ribs are emphasized in parallel with the lines of his pronounced pectorals. He is covered with the perizonium that from the back, falls over at the front part of the figure all the way down to his waist, tightened by a double cord to the left with a knot, hugging the pleats and leaving the hip partially uncovered. There is a light red polychrome drapery trimmed with a ‘piquillo’ edge and small circular motifs in a darker red. His arms, concisely built with visible veins, rise above the horizontal showing his hands open, as well as his well-formed legs and feet, held by a single nail.

The high quality of the shining white ivory used for this piece is not very common and its classification as Indo-Portuguese is consistent with the typical features from this school developed at the geographical area of the Portuguese colony located in central Goa (India).

Expertise of Margarita Estella