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Silver high relief
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It was chosen because of the excellent silver craftsmanship and because it is one of the silversmith’s few known works.

History of the Object
Ciriaco Gaudinez y Javier was part of the sculptors’ guild that was created in Manila in 1880. He worked mainly with wood, and his themes were “costumbrista” (customs and manners). He also made religious sculptures. In the Exhibition of 1887 he presented a set of nine wooden sculptures. He was also a silversmith, and among his works as a silversmith, this wrought silver plaque is framed with the following inscription: “Un célebre cómico de teatro en la zarzuela ´Torear por lo fino´” (“A famous theater comic of the zarzuela ‘Fights bulls in the finest way’”).

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Silver 
Measurements
Width 7,0 cm. Height 15,5 cm. Length 10,0 cm.  
Creator name
Ciriaco Gaudínez y Javier 
Creator date
1848-1919 or 20 
Where it was made
Philippines; Manila 
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; circa 1880 
Function
Decorative 
Acquisition
In 1887, a monographic exhibition about the Philippines took place in Madrid with the objective of showing the natural products of those islands, as well as its industry and crafts. It was thought that this would help support trade between those remote lands and the metropolis. Then, an important collection of products and objects belonging to the various groups who inhabited the islands were sent to Madrid. This represented their different economic activities, apparel, ornaments, domestic housewares, musical instruments, ritual objects, weapons, etc. When this exhibition was closed, the Library Museum of High Seas (Museo Biblioteca de Ultramar) was created with all of the collections, both objects and bibliographies. In 1908, this museum was closed and the majority of its collections were passed on to become part of the National Museum of Anthropology. 
Copyright
Museo Nacional de Antropología Ministerio de Cultura 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museo Nacional de AntropologíaMinisterio de Cultura 
Museum
National Museum of Anthropology 
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