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        Banner of the Goa Inquisition, published in 'Relation de l'Inquisition de Goa' by Charles Dellon, published 1687

        French School, (17th century); French. Medium: engraving. Date: 1687. The banner shows St Dominic holding a branch in one hand and a sword in the other, while below is a dog holding a burning brand in its mouth and an orb surmounted by a cross; The titulus above St Dominic's head reads 'Justice and Mercy'; The Goa Inquisition was the office of the Inquisition acting in the Indian state of Goa and the rest of the Portuguese empire in Asia; The aim of the inquisition was established to punish relapsed New Christians who had converted from Judaism, Hindusim or Islam; It was established in 1560 and not abolished until 1812; Charles Dellon (1650-1710) was a french physician and writer who was incarcerated by the Goa Inquisition during travels in Asia in 1673; Upon his return to France he wrote about his experiences of the Inquisition in a hugely successful book 'Relation de l'Inquisition de Goa'; Banniere de l'Inquisition de Goa; Provenance: Private Collection. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.


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