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Christ Child


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Description Rock crystal figures of the Christ child are among the rarest of luxury items to have been made for the Portuguese in India and Sri Lanka. This sculpture was likely once adorned with a golden crown inlaid with jewels and would have been elevated on an equally luxurious pedestal, probably surmounted by a globe. Though the subject was introduced by Christian missionaries, the figures were sculpted by local artists. The large eyes, frontal posture, and soft, fleshy limbs bear a resemblance to features seen in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain devotional images.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
9/21/1976Examinationother
3/20/1978Treatmentcleaned
5/24/2013ExaminationExamined
Exhibitions
  • Undercover Stories in Art. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1980.
  • Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. 2015-2016.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, Paris and New York; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1926; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1926

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Creators
Period
late 16th century
Medium
rock crystal
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.360
Measurements
H: 2 11/16 × W: 1 1/16 × D: 3/4 in. (6.9 × 2.7 × 1.9 cm)
Geographies
  • Sri Lanka (Place of Origin)
  • India, Goa (Place of Origin)

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