The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception

Date: 18th century

Culture: Hispano-Philippine

Medium: Ivory, partly gilded and polychromed; Halo: silver; Eyes: glass

Dimensions: H. 10 in. (25.4 cm)

Classification: Sculpture-Miniature

Credit Line: Gift of Loretta Hines Howard, 1964

Accession Number: 64.164.243a, b


Chinese ivory carvers in the Philippines and on the mainland as well produced numerous religious figures for export to Spain and the Americas via the Manila Galleon route. Although conforming to the iconography of the Catholic church (such as the pose of this Virgin), their Asian origin is usually unmistakable in their physiognomies as well as the style of their drapery.