Scanned from a National Geographic Magazine from the late 1970’s. I remember this image intensely. I’ve been searching for it on the internet for years. I just found it. “Blackamoors” such as this were a favorite artistic device in the Baroque era, whether sculpted or painted. This lavish example was created in Dresden, I believe. The body is ebony accentuated with solid gold jewelry and precious gems. The Blackamoor carries a platter of raw emeralds. SUPERB !
A BLACKAMOOR BROOCH The black wooden bust of a woman wearing a diamond-set head ornament, necklace and collar, the head ornament with three marquise-cut emeralds, to the pear-shaped emerald ear pendants, mounted in platinum and 18k gold