Goan Angel

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Size (WxDxH): 8 x 8 x 20 inches
Material: Polychrome Wood
Period: 19th Century


The concept of ‘angels’ was brought to India by the Portuguese, when they established trade in the subcontinent in the early 16th century. Over time, angels became popular idols of worship in churches as well as Christian homes in Portuguese India. Much like the apsaras from Hindu mythology, angels are celestial beings who also act as messengers of God.
Dating back to the 19th century, this exquisitely carved sculpture of an angel is a rare collectible from Goa, and was once part of an architectural column or pillar. The piece is elaborately carved in wood, with fine gold embellishments enhancing its exceptional allure. The piece is in good condition, apart from time-related loss of paint, and a crack below the right knee.