Height (bust): 7 in. (17.8 cm); Height (base): 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Gift of Alfred and Victoria Harris, 1975
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.
Artist:Unknown Artist, Swiss, Austrian, or German, active Russia ca. 1703–4 Date:probably shortly before 1704Medium:Red pine (pinus sylvestris), with wrought-iron clipsAccession:1996.7On view in:Gallery 551