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The Ambassador’s Coach

Triumphal car, part of a set of five thematic coaches and ten accompaniment coaches included in the Embassy procession to Pope Clemente XI, sent to Rome by King João V in 1716. This was the coach used by Rodrigo Anes de Sá Menezes, Marquis of Fontes, to make his solemn entrance before the Holy See.

The Ambassador’s Coach
1
The open body in “Roman” style is covered in a gold canvas. The interior is also upholstered in gold canvas and the flooring is inlaid with ivory.
2
The front set of wheels displays the image of Silenus with Minerva and Hope on either side.
3
Thetis, the goddess of “Navigation”, appears in the rear panel drawing routes on a globe while a triton emerges from the water holding a mariner’s compass.
4
On the other side, there is the image of Bellona, goddess of War, holding a shield with the Coat of Arms of the Ambassador’s family, which portrays Conquest commanding a lion, symbol of royalty attacking the infidel.
5
In the centre, the image of a sea monster, the Adamastor, recalls the dangers through which the Portuguese had been through.

Some Facts

  • Century
  • 18th (1716)
  • Vehicle
  • Triumphal
  • Work
  • Italian (Rome)
  • Inv
  • V 0009
  • Dimensions
  • 677 x 245 x 358 cm

1 – The open body in “Roman” style is covered in a gold canvas. The interior is also upholstered in gold canvas and the flooring is inlaid with ivory.

2 – The front set of wheels displays the image of Silenus with Minerva and Hope on either side.

3 – Thetis, the goddess of “Navigation”, appears in the rear panel drawing routes on a globe while a triton emerges from the water holding a mariner’s compass.

4 – On the other side, there is the image of Bellona, goddess of War, holding a shield with the Coat of Arms of the Ambassador’s family, which portrays Conquest commanding a lion, symbol of royalty attacking the infidel.

5 – In the centre, the image of a sea monster, the Adamastor, recalls the dangers through which the Portuguese had been through.

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