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Ivories in the Portugese Empire: a new book by Professor Jean Michel Massing with Gauvin Bailey and Nuno Vassallo e Silva

last modified Jan 14, 2014 11:25 AM

Ivory carving took a prime role in the art of the Portuguese empire. Originating from a broad geographical area, from the African Atlantic coast to the Chinese sea, and dating from the end of the 15th century to the beginning of the 19th century, these works represent a remarkable testimony to the artistic and cultural relations established by Portuguese sailors and merchants in the various places they reached. In Goa especially, ivories made for export developed into an unparalleled production.

This work seeks to outline, within an innovative perspective, the most recent knowledge of the main centres where Portugal had a decisive role regarding developments that had a transcontinental scale never seen before – Western Africa, India, Sri-Lanka, Southeast Asia, China, through Macao, and Japan.

Lisbon: Scribe, 2013, 296 pp.