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Standing rigidly with his hands clasped to his side wearing a ceremonial sword in a sash a comb in his hair and long baggy trousers
The eyes and sash inlaid with horn
An old indistinct ink inscription to the reverse
Late 18th Century Kandy period
Size: 18.5cm high – 7¼ ins high
The Island of Sri Lanka and its surrounding sea were a treasure trove of resources for the Portuguese and all the other foreigners who came and aimed to dominate the island after them. Precious stones, rock crystal, ivory and ambergris; all the raw materials that formed the basis for some of the most outstanding precious objects known in the West, were to be found. Works of art transformed from natural pearls from the Gulf of Mannar and from exotic Maldivian coconuts were to become some of the first examples of ‘cross-cultural trade’. Ceylon was a ‘gift from a divine hand’ as Jorge Pinto de Azevedo told his King Joăo IV in 1646.