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Lady

Date:
18th century
Culture:
Chinese or Philippine
Medium:
Ivory, on curved ebony base
Dimensions:
Height (bust): 7 in. (17.8 cm); Height (base): 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Miniature
Credit Line:
Gift of Alfred and Victoria Harris, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.433.2
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.
Alfred and Victoria Harris (until 1975; to MMA)
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