With the spread of Catholic missionaries in the Spanish and Portuguese colonies demand increased for devotional images. In the Phillipines Chinese craftsmen, well versed in the art of ivory carving, were employed to satisfy this demand. The most popular theme was that of the crucified Christ followed by the infant Christ and the saints who were particular to the religious orders which had settled in the Phillipines, most notably the Franciscans, Dominicans and Jesuits.
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