museum of christian art, old goa

The subtleties of facial expression carved into ivory
(Crucifix, 18th Century, Ivory, wood, paint, gilt and mother of pearl)

If there is only one museum that you visit in Goa, let it be the Museum of Christian Art in Old Goa. One of the very few of its kind in Asia, the museum, housed in the convent of Santa Monica (1627), is a treasure trove of Indo-Portuguese statues, paintings, and sculpture used in the celebration of Holy Mass. Dating from the 16th to 20th Century, each object is a piece of art revealing the depth and splendor of an era; Created by Hindu artists they represent a style unique to Goa alone.

Some of my favorite pieces at the museum… Enjoy 🙂

Centuries old craftsmanship at its best
(Detail, embroidery on chasuble)

This Bible was written in multiple languages including Hebrew
(Bible, 18th Century, Paper and leather)

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: One God in three persons
(Holy Trinity, early-17th Century, Se Cathedral, Marble)

(Left: Infant Jesus in Cradle, 19th Century, Ivory and silver;
Right: Three Crucifixes, 18th Century, Ivory and silver plated wood

The hand lifted to bless, the eyes almost seeing
(Infant Jesus Savior of the World, 18th Century, Sculpture)

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