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About this object

Narrative

The sea in 15th and 16th-century Portuguese history has exerted a strong influence on the pottery of Laurinda Pias. During that time the Portuguese discovered sea routes from Portugal to India and Brazil. They navigated the oceans from the northern Atlantic to the shores of Australia, and ventured inland across Africa. Laurinda has sculpted the outstanding protagonists of this period of exploration, including this ceramic bust of Pedro Álvares Cabral. Cabral (c. 1467–c. 1520) was a Portuguese nobleman, military commander, navigator and explorer. He is regarded as the first European to discover Brazil.

Physical description

Green glazed ceramic bust of a male (Pedro Álvares Cabral) wearing a gathered cap, a ruffled collar, and a cape with an incised square pattern. He has a protruding nose and mouth, long hair and a beard.