Coronation of the Virgin and Child

Coronation of the Virgin and Child

17th century
Country
Philippines
figurine
Paint and gilt on ivory
Gift of Robert J. Stroessner
1991.1151
. Coronation of the Virgin and Child. 17th century. Paint and gilt on ivory. Gift of Robert J. Stroessner. 1991.1151.
This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 4.125 in, 10.4775 cm; width: 2.5 in, 6.3500 cm; depth: .25 in, 0.6350 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Collection
Latin American Art

Votive plaques were small but required a solid slab of ivory to serve as a surface for the carving.  As in this example,
plaques were often made in the form of triptychs with half doors attached. Here only
the holes where the doors were fastened remain. This particularly fine plaque exhibits
skillful carving and retains more paint and gilding than many surviving examples.  
   This piece was created by an accomplished Asian artist who specialized in producing
inspirational religious objects for export. The flattened and stylized cloud forms indicate that perhaps the artist was of Chinese origin and training. Religious ivory carving workshops were largely centered in the Portuguese colonies of Goa and Ceylon and the Spanish Colony of Manila in the Philippines. The carvings were highly prized by wealthy, pious clients and as a result traded throughout the world.
--Julie Wilson Frick, 2018

Known Provenance
Gifted 27 December 1991 to the Denver Art Museum by Robert J. Stroessner. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.