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Second half 17th Century
Size: 39cm long, 19cm wide – 15¼ ins long, 7½ ins wide
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 17, item no. 152, for an Indo-Portuguese ivory of Christ on the cross
The carving of His muscular body supporting an uplifted head with eyes wide open conveys to the faithful his physical strength and purposeful endurance, whilst the whiteness of the ivory symbolises his purity and divinity. In the throes of agony, but still alive, he prays to God ‘Father forgive them, for they know not what they do’ (Luke 23:34) Christ is praying for humanity. Although dying a brutal death, he intercedes for the salvation of others and achieves the divine.