Fernando de Castro Museum House

The Martyrs of Morocco


18th century

Baked, polychrome clay; satin and sequins; metal cord and rod

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Image depicting the martyrdom of five Franciscan friars at the hands of Moorish soldiers, under the command of Prince Abosaide, which occurred on 16th January 1220. This highly dramatic piece displays the sculptural resources common in the Portuguese Baroque period, such as the use of the wooden structure as a setting (as in monumental Nativity scenes) and the application of sculptural materials to create a more realistic miniature theatrical scene.