Reliquary for Salazar

About this object

Iconographic meaning

The translation of the hat's label "Chapéu que foi? de Salazar, não há brincadeira" would translate to English as approx: "Hat that was Salazar's. No joke." António de Oliveira Salazar (1889–1970) served as Prime Minister of Portugal from 1932 to 1968, but is generally considered to have ruled as a dictator, like Franco.

Physical description

Assemblage piece: wooden carved figure wearing a hat (part b) and decorated eye glasses (part c). The figure has a long wide face with a long protruding nose and white teeth, and stands with long thin legs on a wooden base. The glasses, incised and painted in multicoloured designs, are held on by the figure's protruding ears. The hat is black felt with a curving brim and has a brown paper label taped to the front and sides which reads: "Chapeu que foi? de Salazar não há brincadeira".