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Man with the Collar of the Golden Fleece

18th century
Chinese or Philippine
Ivory, on curved ebony base
Height (bust): 7 in. (17.8 cm);
Height (base): 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Alfred and Victoria Harris, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
The chain around the man's neck may represent the Order of the Golden Fleece, awarded only to Catholic dignitaries. It is unclear whether the pair (see pendant bust 1975.433.2), designed for export, was intended as actual portraits (perhaps representing the Spanish viceroy and his wife, who ruled the Philippines from Mexico City), but the carver no doubt based his work on an engraved or painted European model.
Alfred and Victoria Harris (until 1975; to MMA)
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