A rare Spanish or Portuguese Colonial carved buffalo horn Corpus Christi on red tortoiseshell overlaid wood cross

A rare Spanish or Portuguese Colonial carved buffalo horn Corpus Christi on red tortoiseshell overlaid wood cross

1700 to 1800 Portuguese Colonial

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A rare Spanish or Portuguese Colonial carved buffalo horn Corpus Christi on red tortoiseshell overlaid wood cross
18th CENTURY

Size: 38cm x 22.5cm (Cross)

This rare carved figure of Christ on the cross is made of water buffalo horn.


Domestic water buffalo can be induced to produce extra large and

straight horns by means of a notch cut into the side of the horn

together with castration at two years of age.


Stylistically this fine carving is reminiscent of Goanese ivories, but

no horn carvings have been found to come from Goa. It is possible that

buffalo horn was traded and used experimentally by the craftsmen in

place of the usual ivory.
Dimensions
Height 38.00 cm (14.96 inches)
Width 22.50 cm (8.86 inches)
Medium
Buffalo horn , wood and tortoiseshell
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