screen: photographed 10/20/2020
screen: photographed 10/20/2020

Corpus Christi

Filipino (Filipino)
17th-18th century
Narra wood, pigments
Work : 22 3/4 x 18 1/4 x 5 in. (57.78 x 46.36 x 12.7 cm)
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Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
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After the Spanish colonized the Philippine islands in the 16th century, they used religion to help solidify their political and social power over the indigenous peoples they controlled. As they did in Mexico, Spanish colonial administrators sent missionaries from different Roman Catholic orders into the countryside to build churches and settlements. Nearby populations were required to attend services at the churches and to provide labor service and pay taxes to support the settlements. This image of the crucified Christ was probably carved by a Filipino artisan for use in a local church or chapel. It would originally have been mounted on a cross and painted to give it a more naturalistic appearance. Christ’s body and face are well modelled but do not demonstrate the exaggerated, highly emotional qualities evident in many European sculptures of the same period, suggesting that it may have been based on an earlier, more provincial prototype.

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