The Asian Cultural Council Auction 2020

February 22,2020 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines



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Ivory Crucifix
Crucifix is on a contemporary kamagong cross
ivory only:

PHP 120,000

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Every Philippine house during the colonial period had an altar with a crucifix that measured at least a foot in height. The more affluent
households had crucifixes with the corpus carved in ivory and everyone tried to outdo each other in the size and richness of the ornaments
attached to it. This piece is not of ordinary size and has an ivory corpus beautifully carved in the Cristo Moribundo pose with its head relaxed in
death with the mouth partially open. The face is very oriental in aspect, with the hair and beard very finely detailed in typical Philippine religious
carvings of the colonial period. The hands and feet of the statue are well carved and in perfect condition and the corpus is carved with a perizonium or loincloth, locally called a bahag or tapis and is attached to a kamagong cross.

-Martin I. Tinio, Jr.

The Gold Cantoneras/Terminals of the Cross is 16K gold work from the
18th century.

The extremely fine, painfully exquisite gold work of these three cantoneras/ terminals were executed by an expert goldsmith, most likely a Sangley/
Chinese. There is an elegant, repetitive pattern of the Asian boteh (paisley) which is a universal symbol of life. The goldsmithing techniques—
engraving, embossing, chasing, granulation, polishing— used are difficult, especially without modern equipment, but the execution is excellent. There is a cross-section pattern on the exteriors of the cantoneras.

-Augusto M. R. Gonzalez III

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