Pamila Gupta: 'Dressed Up' in 17th Century Goa
'Dressed Up' in 17th Century Goa
(p. 87 – 117)

Pamila Gupta

'Dressed Up' in 17th Century Goa

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In the year 1624 officials of the Estado da Índia and members of the Society of Jesus jointly organized a reception to honour Francisco Xavier's recent papal canonization, two years earlier. This chapter develops a discourse and materiality of Goa Dourada by contextualizing the eyewitness testimonies of two such ritual participants to this event (one Italian, the other Portuguese), within a larger multitude of European travellers who flocked to Portuguese India, often described as a “Rome in India” throughout the seventeenth century. Given Xavier's historical ties to Goa, one of the many ways in which Portuguese colonial officials reinforced Goa's “goldenness” to its (colonial) subjects, residents, and visitors alike was through the staging of an elaborate celebration, with Xavier’s “miraculous” corpse as its ritual centerpiece, in much the same manner that Goa itself had been “dressed up” for this special occasion.

  • histore de l'art
  • théorie de l'image
  • 17ème siècle
  • 18ème siècle

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