Barbara de Braganza

Chinese or Philippine

Not on view

The chain around the man's neck (see pendant bust 1975.433.1) may represent the Order of the Golden Fleece, awarded only to Catholic dignitaries. It is unclear whether the pair, 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.

Barbara de Braganza, Ivory, on curved ebony base, Chinese or Philippine

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