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Retablo
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Carvings for churches include altarpieces called retablos (usually with niches for religious icons) that serve as the central point of the church’s interiors. This richly carved and gilded retablo may have housed the tabernacle and the image of the town’s patron saint. Sometimes referred to as a “cabinet of saints,” one would see a hierarchy of holy personages displayed on an altar, with their positions depending on their importance to the town. A special technique called estofado is seen on this Visayan retablo. This style is used to simulate the rich texture of brocade, usually found in carved santos. It is also seen in many retablos in the Visayas, central Philippines, a region that particularly enjoyed peace and prosperity from the late 18th century to the early 19th century. The museum considers this piece a major marker in 18th century religious art.

History of the Object
This altar was acquired in Leyte Province, central Philippines. Exhibited at the National Museum of the Filipino People from 2001 to 2004 and at the Ayala Museum: (Philippine Liturgical Vestments, 1998; Power + Faith + Image: Philippine Art in Ivory from the 16th to the 19th century, 2004 and From Dogma to Devotion: Icons and Symbols in Philippine Religious Art, 2006 - 2007).

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Molave wood, polychrome and gold leaf 
Measurements
421.64 (height) x 350.52 (width) x 127 (length) cm. approx. 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Philippines; Leyte,(Alang-alang, Leyte according to vendor) 
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century; ca. 
Function
Religious furniture 
Acquisition
Purchased in November 1980 
Copyright
This photograph and information pertaining to the artwork pictured herein may be used only once and only for the purpose of the Virtual Collection of Masterpieces (VCM) project. The image may not be cropped or manipulated. Credits (title of artwork, artist, collection/owner, and Ayala Museum) should always be included when publishing this photograph. 
Acknowledgements
References: Jose, Regalado Trota. Simbahan: Church Art in Colonial Philippines (1565-1898). Makati City: Ayala Museum. 1991. 
Owner
Ayala Museum, Makati, Philippines 
Museum
Ayala Museum 
Credit line
Ayala Museum Collection 

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