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Trunk

<p>A trunk with painted scenes of the colonisation, 18<sup>th</sup> century, polychromed leather, wood and wrought iron, 43 &times; 105 &times; 55 cm, Peru</p>

A trunk with painted scenes of the colonisation, 18th century, polychromed leather, wood and wrought iron, 43 × 105 × 55 cm, Peru

The main scene on the trunk reveals the ideological context in which the conquest and colonisation of America took place. A Native American is seen tied to a cross and being beaten by a soldier, while a friar with a crucifix and book in his hands watches the punishment. The Native woman is bare, kneeling, bound and bent over as a sign of submission.

The figures seen at the corners of the object depict the Viceroys of Peru: top left corner, Fernández de Castro (1667-1674); bottom left corner, Baltasar de la Cueva Enríquez (1674-1678); bottom right corner, Melchor de Linar(es) (1678-1681).

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