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Mid 19 th century
Size : 30.5 cm high , 13 cm wide – 12 ins high , 5 ins wide
23 cm high , 10 cm wide – 9 ins high , 4 ins wide
By 1581 there was a large community of Chinese in Manila and by the 1590's ivory carving among the local Chinese had already become a sophisticated art . There existed a large demand for ivory 'Santos' in the Philippines , certainly more than existed in Macau , and many of the Chinese Christian ivory images once thought to have been carved in China are most probably from Manila .
'Bastidor' means frame and these figures of various sizes were made to be clothed in garments of silk , cloth of gold or even meticulously chased and cut sheets of silver and gold . They were finished with crowns , earrings , rosaries , crucifixes and halo's all made of precious metal often set with stones . Like overdressed dolls , these Santos were given wigs , the hair for which is reputed to have come from the tresses of women who had taken their final vows before entering the nunnery .
|Height||30.50 cm||(12.01 inches)|