The Christopher Columbus Gallery

Columbus in Chains

Columbus in Chains

Ivory, wood of inlaid marquetry, c. mid-19th century
Vincent Garassini (Savona, 1819-1888)
Bequest of Msgr. Walter A. Funcke

Provenance: Originally presented to Pope Pius IX by the Catholics of Savona on the occasion of his Golden Sacerdotal Jubilee (1877); by him to the Almo Collegio Capranica (Savona); and by said college to Msgr. Walter A. Funcke (former New York state chaplain) in recognition of his interest in the Knights of Columbus.

The ivory figure of Columbus shows him with his wrists manacled to a heavy chain. He wears a brimmed, close-fitting hat, a ruffled collar, a long tunic under loose robes and leggings with soft strapped shoes. A medal is suspended from a chain about his neck, while and anchor and open-mouthed dolphin are at his feet.