Crucified Christ

The Crucified Christ is a central theme in Christian art around the world, and lustrous white ivory is an ideal material for representing the human figure. High-quality devotional Christian images made in Asia, like this one, were often exported to Europe as luxury goods or high-level gifts. The skill of the carver in convincingly rendering facial features, muscles, and even veins creates a figure with deep emotional impact. The arms and a part of the loin cloth were made from separate pieces of ivory, a technique common of European ivory figures.

Date/Period
17th century
Region
Philippines
Dimension
Object size: 117.0 x 65.0 x 18.0 cm
Accession No.
2016-00121
Material
Ivory, wood
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Woodcarving